Marquette County sees more domestic violence during stay-at-home order

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) — With most people across the state and the nation being ordered to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, some individuals are at a higher risk for domestic violence.

Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt said that while some crime reports are dropping, there have been an increase of calls from home.

“When you’re in the same place with someone for that amount of time, you can get on each other’s nerves. There have been, throughout the whole county, not just in one specific area, but we’ve had quite a few domestic violence cases,” Zyburt said.

Zyburt said deputies and others called to a domestic violence dispute have gone through Crisis Intervention Training to help deesculate situations.

Zyburt is also worried about possibly seeing an increase in crime related to meth.

“When you’re on that drug, all you think about is your next high. They’ll break-in, they’ll assault, they’ll do whatever they can necessary to get that next high,” he said. “Although crime seems to be taking a break with this COVID-19, I think it’s going to explode within the next few months.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE or 1-800-787-3224 TTD.

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