In response to the current stay-at-home order in place in Indiana, the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County and St. Joseph County Sheriff Bill Redman have joined together on a social media campaign aimed at bringing awareness to domestic violence.
According to a recent release, more people were booked into the St. Joseph County Jail in 2018 and 2019 for domestic battery than for any other crime, and due to current conditions, St. Joseph County Police anticipate a spike in domestic incidents in the coming weeks.
County Police report they have already seen a small uptick in calls for family disputes and disturbances this week alone.
In addition to bringing awareness to domestic violence, the social media campaign also aims to increase community knowledge about resources and options available for those that may experience violence and abuse.
Check out a recent Facebook post concerning the campaign, below:
“I want to remind everyone that quarantine and isolation does not mean that you are alone,” said Sheriff Redman in a recent release. “There is help available. Our officers are still patrolling the streets of St. Joseph County and we have been proactively increasing our patrols in the subdivisions and neighborhoods so that we are closer to the folks confined to home.”
The Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County can be reached at 574-234-6900 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), and the SOS Crisis Line provides 24/7 crisis intervention at 574-289-HELP.