Chatham County Police Department (CCPD) Message

Courtesy of CCPD

The following message is courtesy of Chatham County Police Department (CCPD) and addresses a nationwide epidemic. As you go about your daily lives, whether volunteering or engaging with friends, please keep this important message in mind and share it with those who may need it. 

The Chatham County Police Department is working hard to ensure the safety of our entire community during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we’ve seen an overall decrease in crime since Georgia’s governor ordered us to shelter-in-place April 3, we have noticed one disturbing trend that we wanted to call to your attention.

We have seen an increase in domestic disturbance and domestic violence calls. This follows a national trend, and it is attributed to the isolation, economic uncertainty, and overall anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 70 percent of the domestic complaints we’ve responded to since April 3 have been first time domestic calls to those homes.

If someone is in immediate danger, they should call 9-1-1. Those who are not in immediate danger, but want help leaving an abusive spouse or partner, can call Safe Shelter’s 24-hour Crisis Line (912-629-8888).

For those who are not in an abusive situation, but are concerned about the extra stress in their household and the potential for escalating tensions, there are resources available where you can receive assistance. You can contact the Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline (1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs at 66746). You can reach the Georgia Crisis line at 1-800-715-4225.

We also want to remind you that children are currently not in school, and this is where a large number of child abuse cases are reported. Again, if a child is in immediate danger please call 9-1-1. You can reach the Georgia Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Hotline 24/7 at 1-855-GACHILD (1-855-422-4453).

Thank you for your continued support of the safety of our community!

This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website.

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