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Background data can help establish the scope and dimension of domestic violence.

Media Practice

“Staying at home is meant to protect Rhode Islanders from a dangerous disease. But the public health strategy could also be fueling a different type of danger. The R.I. State Police counted 178 calls to 9-1-1 related to domestic violence during the week ended April 18, representing a 47% increase from the 121 calls during the same week a month earlier. The increase comes as thousands of Rhode Islanders have been forced out of work and ordered to stay home to help curb future spread of COVID-19, which has killed 251 Rhode Islanders.” – WPRI, 4/29/20