LOS ANGELES - Five weeks into the stay at home orders, there’s been a dramatic drop in the reporting of crimes against children, seniors and individuals in abusive relationships, according to LA County’s District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Experts know, just because no one is reporting crimes doesn’t mean they aren’t occurring. In fact, the Center for the Pacific Asian Family saw a drop in calls for help to its hotline (1-800-339-3940 ) for the first couple of weeks, then calls increased dramatically.
Natchawi Wadman estimates the last few weeks, the group saw as many calls, as CPAF would typically get in a year.
She worries with people stuck at home, perhaps without income and the pressures of schooling their kids, tensions are running high, and the one with the power may be keeping, the abused from reaching out for help.
“What are you doing with your phone, who are your trying to call, who are you trying to text.” Wadman recounted comments she’s heard from survivors.
LA County’s DA and City Attorney Mike Feurer announced Friday the #BehindClosedDoors campaign.
They both worry, that crimes of abuse are still occurring, but are being suppressed by the abuser.
“With schools closed, children have lost a valuable lifeline. The more time they spend behind closed doors, the longer child abuse may go undetected.”
Lacey says seniors may also be at risk, and the abuse could be verbal, financial, or emotional.
As part of the #BehindClosedDoors campaign, grocery stores will post flyers with phone numbers people can use to report abuse or their suspicions of abuse.
L.A. County Domestic Abuse Hotline
L.A. County Child Abuse Hotline
L.A. County Elder Abuse Hotline
24-hour hotline: 818-887-6589
Center for the Pacific Asian Family
24-hour hotline: 1-800-339-3940
24-hour hotline: 310-547-9343
Peace Over Violence
24-hour hotline: 310-281-2822
Victims of Crime
The Office of Mike Feuer
Los Angles City Attorney
The Office of Jackie Lacey
Los Angeles County District Attorney
The Office of Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles Mayor
LA County Bar Association
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for in-person restraining order support
Break the Cycle (ages 12-24)
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call or Text: 424-209-2532
Community Legal Aid SoCal
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Legal Aid Foundation of L.A.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DV hotline: 1-800-339-4529 x8097
LGBTQ Center Long Beach
Neighborhood Legal Service of L.A.
Asian American Advancing Justice
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese): 1-800-520-2356
Feurer asked the public to be on the lookout for someone who might be in an abusive situation. “If you see something, say something."