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Concerns rise about possible domestic violence as New Yorkers stay home

Posted: 7:44 PM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 20:01:18-04

NASSAU COUNTY — Across the world, people have been told to stay home to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, but doing that increases the chances of another danger for some: domestic violence.

Officials in Nassau County raised a warning flag Tuesday.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said there's been a 10 percent increase in cases year to date. There were 2,552 cases in the county at this time in 2019. There have already been 2,825 cases so far this year.

County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the fact that liqour stores are still open could also contribute to violence.

“You seen the lines, they’re around the block at the liquor stores," he said.

Curran is opening a shelter in conjunction with the non-profit Safe Center.

Domestic violence resources are available here.