POLICE CHIEF JERI WILLIAMS: "Domestic Violence on the rise during COVID-19"

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams

If you or someone you know needs help please dial/text 911 or call 1-800-799-SAFE

While the causes of domestic violence are as varied as the individuals involved, we know the following risk factors are increasing due to COVID19:

• Stay at home orders and social isolation could put potential abusers closer to their victims

• Victims may not have access to the same network of support systems through family and friends

• Economic fears could add increased stress on both the abuser and their potential victim.

• Domestic abuse is about power and control. Abuser may use COVID19 fears to exercise control over their victims

• Victims may worry that shelters or other resources aren’t available because of COVID closures—that’s not true. Help is available whenever you need it.

The following resources are available:

• Family Advocacy Center & Other Regional Advocacy Centers

• Find resources at Phoenix.gov/DomesticViolence

• National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7): 800-799-SAFE (7233)

• Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence: acesdv.org

• Remember if you can’t speak you can text 911. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!


Domestic Violence related calls for service to police are up in April 15% year-over-year.

In Arizona, 43% of women and 33% of men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner - higher than the national average

The most urgent need that survivors in AZ have is for safe, affordable, and accessible housing. 95 Percent of unmet requests for services that AZ survivors made were for housing

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced domestic violence. Calls to PD are up in the last month. Help is available. Retweet to get resources to those in need. #PhxDVHelp #DomesticViolence

Domestic violence knows no age, gender, race or social-economic status. Cases are on the rise. Up 15% in Phoenix. While the causes are as varied as the individuals involved, COVID19 restrictions heighten risk factors such as isolation, economic worries, or using fear as a tactic to exercise power and control. Help is available. You don’t have to endure domestic violence. Call 1-800-799 SAFE or log on to phoenix.gov/DomesticViolence for resources.

Domestic violence defined: domestic violence is a pattern of abusive or coercive behavior used to gain and maintain power and control over another person. Check out our Power & Control wheel for examples of common domestic violence tactics.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams