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Domestic violence cases continue to rise as coronavirus stay-at-home directive lingers on

Posted at 3:02 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 17:02:02-04

GALLATIN COUNTY — Domestic assault or violent cases across the state, let alone Gallatin County, are on the rise during these times.

Victims’ Services advocates, who work alongside the Gallatin County Attorney’s Office, say not only are they seeing an uptick in domestic violence cases, but also an increase in severity.

Only one staff member is working inside for Victims’ Services but advocates are working actively from home, over computer and phone, to make sure victims of violent situations get the help they need.

"When everything started to change and we started to see the restrictions and the need to really change our lives,” says Stacy Wesen, Victims’ Services program director at the Gallatin County Attorney’s Office. “We are seeing cases everyday where, a lot of times, we would have some days go by where we don't have any new cases so I feel like it is definitely increasing."

The Victims’ Services program says there is always help available, around the clock.

Those looking for help can get in touch with Haven through the Haven Crisis Line at (406) 586-4111.

Wesen also says you can call through the Help Center at (406) 586-3333.

Anyone who believes they are in immediate danger or needs help from law enforcement immediately should call 911.