Williamsburg Police reports 30% increase in domestic-related emergency calls

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Credit: Williamsburg Police/Facebook

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Police say Williamsburg saw a 30% increase in domestic-related calls this year when compared to numbers during the same time in 2019.

The increase was between July and August of 2020, compared to last year.  

“This is a nationwide dynamic that seems to be a result of the pandemic, associated isolation, job loss, and increased substance abuse,” officials posted to social media Saturday.

For those who need help, the Avalon Center is available 24 hours a day to help the victims of abuse at 757-258-5051.

“The Helpline allows Avalon to provide those in need with immediate tools and support to empower survivors to move toward safety, self-sufficiency, and lives free from abuse.”

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