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COVID-19 causing spike in domestic violence

However, state report indicates overall crime in Airway Heights fell in 2019


Last updated 8/13/2020 at 4:10pm

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—Crime fell from 2018 to 2019 within the jurisdiction of the police department according to the 2019 Washington National Incident-based Reporting System (NIBRS) report, but domestic violence rates have been on the rise in 2020, according to Police Chief Brad Richmond.

Cases of domestic violence have been especially increasing since the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

“Domestic violence is up quite a bit since COVID,” Richmond said, attributing the trend to people being cooped up with each other more often since the virus shutdowns began.

He said during May and June, ther...

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