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Colorado domestic violence calls increase 50% during pandemic

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - Local advocates for domestic violence survivors are asking for help from our viewers amid a massive increase in calls and violence since the pandemic started.

TESSA of Colorado Springs empowers victims of partner violence to take back their lives, by providing support through dozens of programs including counseling, group counseling, housing, and educational opportunities for men, women, and children.

TESSA data on local domestic violence

Around 37% of Colorado women and 31% of Colorado men experience intimate partner physical or sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lives, according to TESSA.

People who work and volunteer for the nonprofit told KRDO there's been a clear increase in domestic violence since COVID-19 started spreading in Colorado, causing many people to spend more time at home.

Number of domestic violence calls per month in 2019 versus 2020 in Colorado Springs

Local police data shows the number of monthly domestic calls received in Colorado Springs jumped from 800 in 2019 to 1,200 in 2020. That's a fifty percent increase. TESSA of Colorado Springs says it needs more financial donations to help support the growing number of people seeking the organization's help.

STAND STRONG with Survivors TESSA telethon Thursday, May 13th.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 is teaming up with TESSA for the STAND STRONG with SURVIVORS telethon this Thursday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You'll be able to make donations over the phone or online.

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Julia Donovan

Julia is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Julia here.

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