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Covid 19 causes domestic violence to spike in Milwaukee

  • Birdsall Obear
According to law enforcement data, domestic violence homicides in Milwaukee are nearly twice the number they were in 2019. The rise in domestic violence was initiated by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as social and economic stressors persist, and isolation is prevalent.

As jails overcrowd, the court system has released many domestic violence suspects due to the threat of the virus. An additional impact that the pandemic might have on domestic violence cases is prosecutors experiencing possible budget cuts due to the deteriorating economy.


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