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Protect women during shutdowns: Make homes a place of safety, not risk

Protect women during shutdowns: Make homes a place of safety, not risk
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in New York City, both Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo have suggested that another shutdown could be around the corner in the coming weeks. During the previous lockdown, a surge in domestic violence incidents became an unintended, though predictable, consequence of this public health safety measure, and it’s something New York leadership must guard against before ordering another pause.

During the previous lockdown, a surge in domestic violence incidents became an unintended, though predictable, consequence of this public health safety measure, and it’s something New York leadership must guard against before ordering another pause.As of October, 45 New Yorkers have been killed this year in domestic violence acts, including three people over the course of 10 days — one of whom was pregnant.While that’s nearly a 20% decline from the same period in 2019, through September 2020, the NYPD responded to 145,506 radio-dispatched calls for domestic violence incidents, a 3% increase from 141,148 in the same period last year.And the department has cautioned that pre-existing underreporting of domestic violence calls likely worsened during the pandemic — so things are even worse than these numbers suggest.

And in Italy, local governments turned hotels into domestic violence shelters so victims could quarantine safely.During the last lockdown, calls to the New York State domestic violence hotline spiked by 30%.

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