Kemp shares number for state’s domestic violence hotline for those in need

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Brian Kemp says his office is hearing of an increase in incidents of domestic violence

At a wide-ranging press conference about the coronavirus pandemic in Georgia on Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Brian Kemp said his office has heard from some health care facilities about an increase in incidents of domestic violence.

At the press conference outside the Georgia State Capitol, Kemp urged people in need to call the state's Domestic Violence Hotline.

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“As we continue to fight this virus, our office is receiving reports that are concerning and deserve the public’s immediate attention,” Kemp said Wednesday. “We have been told by one area Atlanta hospital that they are seeing a 15% increase in domestic violence cases at their facilities. This is distriburing and alarming and it cannot be tolerated.”

“If you or someone you know needs help, I would ask you to call the Georgia Domestic Violence hotline,” Kemp said.

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The 24/7 hotline can be reached at: 1-800-334-2836.

The governor noted that there has been a reduction in the number of reports of child abuse since kids have been home from school.

“Likely a consequence of our educators not having as much face time with Georgia students. Teachers and administrators are often the first ones to see the signs of abuse,” Kemp said. “Now with schools closed we must remain vigilant about this problem and continue to work to remedy it.”

Kemp said children in crisis or anyone who knows of someone who needs help are urged to reach out to the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.

Reports of child abuse and neglect can be made 24/7 with the state at: 1-855-GA CHILD (1-855-422-4453).