More than one-half of law enforcement agencies nationwide that responded to a survey said that the economy is responsible for an increase in domestic violence.
The study, by the Police Executive Research Forum, found that 56 percent of the 700 agencies responding cited the troubled economy as being behind the problem, USA Today reported.
That’s up from 40 percent just two years ago.
“When stresses in the home increase because of unemployment and other hardships, domestic violence increases,” Camden, N.J. Police Chief Scott Thomson said. “We see it on the street.”
The police study seems to support three-year-old findings by the National Domestic Violence Hotline whose Katie Ray-Jones said financial stress was a factor in “intensifying and escalating” reports of domestic abuse.
Chuck Wexler, executive director of the forum, said, “You are dealing with households in which people have lost jobs or are in fear of losing their jobs. That is an added stress that can push people to