Frequency of Domestic Violence Cases Increasing in Columbus
Updated: Monday, May 6 2013, 08:13 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Carol Luper/Ken Hines) -- Police and prosecutors say domestic violence cases are growing more frequent in central Ohio, despite their best efforts to combat the problem.
Columbus police receive more than 100 reports of domestic disputes, including violence, each day. Officers are trained to mediate and negotiate with people involved in such incidents. They encourage potential victims to call police before a situation escalates to violence.
If evidence of domestic violence exists, Ohio law stipulates that police must arrest the suspected abuser, even if the victim does not want to press charges.
A Columbus victim advocate told ABC 6/FOX 28 she works with victims to develop safety plans, and advises them to hide a cell phone and use a code word to alert friends and family if they're in an abusive situation
Ninety percent of Columbus domestic abuse victims are women.