PHOENIX (KTAR-FM) — The Phoenix Police Department has reported an increase in domestic violence as more people remain home during the coronavirus pandemic.
KTAR-FM reported that the department dispatched officers on 3,587 domestic violence calls in March as travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders were implemented to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Police say that is a 5.6% increase in calls responding to reports of family fights or aggravated assault with domestic partners compared to March of 2019. Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says there was a 15% increase in the first week of April compared to the same week last year.