There's been a massive Increase in Domestic Violence cases since the start of Covid-19.
“This is what they call a pandemic within a pandemic.” Nicole Cockerham Said.
Domestic Violence victims around acadiana are experiencing more trauma than never before.
“70% increase in survivors and children that we saw. 3/4 are with children. we have a lot of children at the shelter and we saw a lot of children here at the Family Justice Center.” Nicole Cockerham Said.
With an increase in Domestic Violence cases, the struggle for funding is decreasing.
“We continue to serve , we were not closed for one day soon when the lockdown started. Our phones started ringing and our job is to make sure that everyone that needed services got those services.” Nicole Cockerham Said.
Law Enforcement and other officials are continuing to work together to bring hope to families that are experiencing violence in their homes.
“The problem is this has already created a cycle. We have to deal with that so what we are doing right now is as much as we can. We are putting out public information , education and awareness information” Nicole Cockerham Said.
Now nicole cockerham says here at the family justice center, domestic violence victims can get law enforcement help and resources that victims would need.
If you’re a victom of Domestic Violence or knows someone in this situation click here to ask for help and assistance