ROCKFORD(WREX)—City officials and local advocates say there are more domestic violence survivors coming forward, seeking help with their recovery.
“We are seeing an overwhelming number of survivors coming forward to tell their story, to seek help and too speak out really for the first time,” said Mayor’s Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention Manager Jennifer Cacciapaglia.
The rise is seen both physically and analytically.
The city says domestic violence made up 40% of the violent crimes so far this year.
Shelters in the area are reaching capacity as survivors come forward.
“What survivors of domestic and sexual violence is not meant to be gone through alone. We need community around them. We need to to link arms and provide them with support,” said Cacciapalgia
“Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. It touches all types of people all socioeconomic back grounds, all races, all religions,” said Casey Bachochin of Remedies Renewing Lives.
Officials say there also needs to be a focus on a path towards sustainability after coming forward.
“we need to make sure we have put steps in place and a support system and navigation is place that allows them long term thriving recovery, not just surviving,” said Cacciapalgia.
If you or someone you know is in situation involving domestic violence, Remedies Renewing Lives offers a 24 hour hotline. Call 815-962-6102 for help.