Caddo Parish District Attorney James Stewart talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the rise in domestic violence cases due to Coronavirus quarantining and ways the DA's office is trying to streamline the judicial process in the wake of the COVID 19 outbreak.

Stewart, in fact, points out that because of rising tensions amidst the quarantine, domestic violence arrests now make up 36% of cases in the parish court system.

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"With couples and families forced into close quarters through quarantines and social distancing, domestic violence cases are on the rise, the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s office warns.

Not only will there be more cases of family violence, but also more severe injuries to victims since batterers may feel no one will see evidence of the attacks.

The health crisis has created stress and fears of unemployment, sickness and death, all factors that may cause batterers to intensify their abuse. Additionally, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders force victims into isolation with their abusers. And helping hands and resources may not be as readily available to victims seeking to escape or simply survive the violence."

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