Bad economy causing more domestic violence

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 the breaking point.”

8 comments Add your comment

metcal

April 30th, 2012
11:11 am

I’m glad I’m not married–I don’t need no golddigger chick taking all my money.

TSpack

April 30th, 2012
11:21 am

Duh!!!!!!!! I bet if you go back in history, you’ll find the same thing in the Great Depression. Oh that’s right, you probably won’t, that was back in the day when it wasn’t “reported”! And that was ALSO back in the day when couples would PULL TOGETHER to get through the rough times, instead of today when it’s ALL, ME, ME, ME!!!!!!!!!

Eric

April 30th, 2012
11:52 am

Personally I don’t think stress of any kind is a reason for domestic violence. It’s truly amazing to me that some people treat strangers on the street with more respect than those they supposedly love. Hitting someone you care about is about the lowest thing any person can do. And let’s be perfectly clear here, it is equally unacceptable for a woman to hit a man. I have known a few women that thought because they were a woman, they could get away with hitting a man. But God forbid that the man hit them, they would be on the phone to the cops in two seconds. I’m so glad that law enforcement has taken a stronger stance on domestic violence, and leveled the playing field between men and women, now they can both go to jail for acting like an idiot. Anyone who hits another person deserves the harshest punishment they can get, there is never an excuse for it. So all you damn bums who think you can go through life smacking people around, I seriously hope you get what is coming to you.

Advocate

April 30th, 2012
12:10 pm

This is the *best* reason for the U.S. House and Senate to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Please contact your legislators to voice your support and ask them to vote to protect families that are clearly distressed.

Bunny

April 30th, 2012
1:33 pm

I don’t know about anyone else, BUT I’VE HAD IT!!!! It’s been 4 long, long, hard, hard, hard years of recession. Everyone I know has been touched by it. The town I live and work in has over 12% unemployment, and everyone is scared. We’re all sick and tired of being “stuck.” I get so deeply angry when I hear about another lavish vacation that our president is taking. My wife and I both have our masters degrees, but our family hasn’t been able to go anywhere in 4 years…we’re too afraid of losing our jobs. My vote in 2012 won’t go to Obama – that’s for sure. Anyone is better than him.

Roberto

May 1st, 2012
12:03 pm

Bunny,

Your company frowns on taking time off that you EARNED? If so, when the time comes, please exercise some kind of payback. The best kind ,for me, would probably be after you have the new job lined up would be to just never show up at the old place. No notice. Just “Where’s Bunny?” Good luck.

Roco

May 1st, 2012
4:01 pm

Bunny,
President Obama is way above your paygrade my friend. How can you compare your economic conditons with the President of the United States. He is the leader of the Free World dummy. He makes a lot more money than you will ever make cause you just got a Master’s degree. I’d like to take lavished vacations myself but I can’t afford it. It sounds like you and your wife have been blessed with decent jobs. It’s your personal choice to put off vacationing because you are afraid you will lose your job. Have a plan B like most financially responsible people. ie a second job. Quit crying like a baby. The last Idiot you voted for got us here. If it wasn’t for Obama you wouldn’t have a job right now. And open your freakin eyes things are getting better. Its taking time to dig the country out the the mess your last President left us in.

melaoc

May 1st, 2012
9:25 pm

taxpayers pay for all of barack and michelle’s expensive vacations—it has nothing to do with his “masters degree.”