Sheriff Seeing Domestic Violence Spike in County Traffic Crashes Way Down since Stay-at-Home Order Crime

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Sheriff Seeing Domestic Violence Spike in County Traffic Crashes Way Down since Stay-at-Home Order Crime


Byline: Renee Trappe rtrappe@localsouthernnews.com

Overall crime is down, but domestic violence calls have more than doubled in Perry County since the coronavirus struck and Illinois came under a stay-at-home order, Sheriff Steve Bareis said Wednesday.

During the first 3 1/2 months of 2019, the sheriff's department had 140 calls for service, Bareis said. During the same 3 1/2 months in 2020, the department has made 86 reports, he added.

Meanwhile, the department averages a half dozen domestic violence calls per month, but last month they handled 14 calls, the sheriff said.

"Domestics are on the increase," Bareis said. "We have at least twice the domestics we had before."

In Du Quoin, calls for domestic battery have not spiked, said Police Chief Steve Ingram. There were 17 calls in 2019 and so far just nine in 2020, including 0 in April.

But he's concerned.

"I worry that the longer this

(stay-at-home order) goes, it's likely those numbers will increase," Ingram said.

"We've had any number of families who can't get along," said Kent Dixon, secretary and lead dispatcher for Du Quoin. But many of those calls don't escalate to violence, he added.

Both departments report that with people staying home and off the roads, there are fewer crashes.

"Our traffic accidents are way down," said Dixon. …

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