…seems to be a spike in domestic violence and child abuse deaths:
“We have families in crisis,” police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said today. “Chief Flynn wants to let people know this is occurring and there are resources to help.”
Milwaukee has reported 17 homicides so far in 2009, compared with 14 by this date in 2008. Exactly how many are related to domestic issues is expected to be presented at the afternoon news conference, according to Schwartz.
In November, Flynn spoke at a meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police about how the impact of the recession would first be seen in stressed families, in the form of increased domestic violence and child abuse.
Police officials have also noted Milwaukee’s first quarter homicide numbers bear out increased domestic violence and child abuse. In fact, this morning’s paper has yet another story of children who were killed by loved ones – this time their own parents. While I won’t go so far as to say the economy is to blame for all instances of domestic violence and/or child abuse, the added stress of a poor economy certainly can’t help things much.