Domestic Violence Up In Indy; Economy Cited


A growing number of women in Indianapolis are being beaten by their husbands or boyfriends, just as agencies that try to help the victims find themselves strapped for cash, reports the city’s Star. Victims’ advocates say the poor economy is to blame for both sorry situations: money woes wreaking havoc on households and on nonprofits’ fundraising.

Indianapolis police officers investigated 1,950 domestic abuse cases in the first five months of 2009, up 13 percent from the previous year. Lt. Tim Leffler, who heads the unit, said the economy “may have something to do with it, but I don’t have any way statistically to support that. Betsy Whaley, who helps victims of abuse as shelter director at the Julian Center, said the economy is a major factor in the overflow at her facility. “Anything that creates more stress in the home in situations where there’s already a propensity to violence is a contributor” to domestic violence, she said.

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