Domestic Violence Rates Increase In Summer. But This Year Could Be Even Worse

May 26, 2020

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Summer is almost here and for those living with domestic violence, this could be a reason to worry. Studies suggest that as the weather gets warmer, domestic violence rates tend to increase.

Sydney Allred, the executive director of the Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, said this is likely due to a variety of factors.

"The amount of alcohol being sold and the impact that has on domestic violence, coupled with summer, coupled with kids not being able to be sent to summer sports or activities. People are really going to be in a very tough situation for the foreseeable future," she explained.

Allred also said that while they see a spike in domestic violence every summer, this year is particularly worrisome. With high unemployment rates and many summer activities expected to be canceled across the state, people are feeling the stress.

"Adding a pandemic to domestic violence is powder keg," Allred said.

If a victim cannot contact their local crisis center, Allred suggests having someone check in regularly and setting up a code word with friends and family can help interrupt the violence.

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Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Megan Feighery, at mfeigher@uwyo.edu.