MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Because the pandemic, home violence instances have been on the rise in Marquette County.
“It’s not stunning in gentle of the lockdowns and the pandemic that we may even see a few of one of these crime on the rise,” mentioned Matt Wiese, Marquette County Prosecutor.
Based on Wiese, there have been 154 home violence costs in 2019. In 2020, that quantity went as much as 188. To this point this 12 months, there have been 61 instances. At this tempo that quantity shall be greater than 2020 and have a mean of 4 instances each week.
“It’s eye-opening,” mentioned Wiese. “Not solely the rise, however the severity of the instances.”
Wiese says felony home violence instances have additionally elevated. A felony cost is for a repeat offender or somebody who choked their sufferer.
“Strangulation is a 10-year felony beneath Michigan legislation,” mentioned Wiese. “It’s a life-threatening assault and it’s very harmful.”
The Ladies’s Heart in Marquette, which presents free and confidential assist and emergency shelter for victims, has seen the identical factor.
“We’re seeing lethality at a larger degree than we’ve ever seen earlier than,” mentioned Beth Casady, Ladies’s Heart Govt Director. “I’m unsure what drives that. Home violence is all about management.”
That management mixed with extra individuals spending time at dwelling, is making it tougher for victims to flee.
“We’re seeing victims flee with out something,” mentioned Casady. “So what that’s telling us is that in the event that they get an opportunity and their perpetrator goes to the shop or one thing, they’re leaving as quickly as they’ll. We’re seeing numerous youngsters within the shelter.”
The Marquette County Prosecutor encourages victims to get assist.
“It’s vital to hunt assist if individuals need assistance,” mentioned Wiese. “The police will take the case critically and my workplace will definitely take the case critically.”
If you happen to or somebody you understand in Marquette or Alger County wants assist, contact the Ladies’s Heart’s 24/7 assist line at 906-226-6611 or go to wcmqt.org.
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