ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot more family time. In most cases, this has been a good thing, but not all the time.
Arguments are bound to happen in any type of relationship, but especially during the pandemic where people are cooped up in a home for long periods.
Unfortunately, arguments can turn violent and the police need to be called.
“Since people have been closer together and not able to get out and do things, having to stay in the same area, yes, we have seen an increase in domestic violence situations.,” Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox said.
Since 1989, the month of October has been Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic violence needs to be taken very seriously. The sheriff says it can come on in many different ways.
“That type call or that type complaint is where there are more officers get hurt answering those calls than any other calls we go to,” Maddox said.
Sheriff Maddox says it’s his policy to send two deputies when answering domestic violence calls, which gives them a better chance at de-escalating the situation, and most importantly prevent violence.
“Well we try to be professional, we try to not lower ourselves to their standards, and we try to calm the situation as quickly. As easily as we can,” Maddox said.
Maddox says that the aggressor in the situation goes to jail most of the time, but the cases don’t usually make it to court.
“Spur of the moment violent situation, but then after they have had time to sit around and think about it. As time goes on, 90% of those domestic violence cases get back together or make-up,” Maddox said.
If you want to bring awareness to domestic violence throughout October, one way you can do so is by wearing the color purple