Authorities see spike in domestic violence reports under Hidalgo County emergency order

2 years 10 months 4 days ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 April 03, 2020 5:23 PM April 03, 2020 in News - Coronavirus Pandemic

EDINBURG – The stress of the coronavirus pandemic and more time at home is making domestic violence rates soar in Hidalgo County.

Sheriff Eddie Guerra says his office has seen a 55% increase in calls. He said even with stay-at-home orders in place, victims can still file for protective orders against an abuser.

Guerra says with more deputies and officers on the roads, response times should be lower.

Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence in Hidalgo County can call its crime victim’s hotline at 956-292-7613.

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