by KCUR // Up To Date
Prior to the pandemic, many area domestic violence shelters were operating at capacity.
With pandemic safety guidelines in place, shelters are losing beds while the need for them has deepened. Kansas City has seen a 30% increase in domestic violence related calls to Newhouse Shelter according to CEO Courtney Thomas. While many factors contribute to the rise of domestic violence, “the lethality cases have skyrocketed during COVID,” Thomas said.