The Prescott Valley Police Department has recently experienced an increase in response to domestic violence incidents. This past weekend our officers responded to nine incidents. In those nine incidents we arrested six men and two women who were charge with six felony and 16 misdemeanor offenses. Two of the incidents involved the threatened use of a deadly weapon, one a firearm and the other a knife.
In November 2019 our department responded to 23 domestic violence incidents, as compared to November 2020 when we responded to 53, a very concerning 130% increase. Comparing year over year there is an overall 16% increase.
Although the exact cause of this increase is not certain, current stressors like the pandemic, holidays, financial strain and others are likely suspects.
If you are struggling, or know someone who needs assistance, there is help available. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). This is a 24-hour hotline staffed with caring and compassionate people waiting to assist you.
We have local resources as well. The Yavapai Family Advocacy Center (YFAC) has resources available to assist families affected by domestic violence. The contact number there is 928-775-0669.
Stepping Stones also has a 24-hour number, 928-445-HOPE (4673), to assist with local domestic violence resources and shelter for those in need. These resources are free of charge.
This has been a rough year for everyone. You don’t have to face these struggles alone. There is help available to you and your family. If you see someone is struggling, please say something.
Prescott Valley Police Department:
Non-emergencies: (928) 772-9267; 911 for emergencies
Yavapai Silent Witness 1-(800) 932-3232