Georgia Domestic Violence Nonprofit Reports A Rise In Calls For Help

Programming note: this segment contains descriptions of abuse and violence. If you or someone you need resources, call the Metro Atlanta Crisis Line at 404-873-1766.

Health experts and advocates are reporting a rise in domestic violence cases during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April, United Nations Secretary António Guterres called for measures to counter a “horrifying global surge in domestic violence” during the pandemic.

And, a study published in May by two Brigham Young University professors found a 10-percent increase in domestic violence calls to police in 14 metropolitan areas across the United States.

That’s something Katha Blackwell, vice president of shelter and supportive housing services at the Partnership Against Domestic Violence is working to address in Georgia.

Blackwell joined “Closer Look” host Rose Scott on Wednesday’s edition of the program for a conversation about what her organization is doing to address a rise in calls for help.


  • Katha Blackwell, Vice President of Shelter Services and Supportive Housing at the Partnership Against Domestic Violence

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.