In the month of February alone, officers with the Evansville Police Department were called to 83 family disputes in the overnight hours.
Officials at Holly's House in Evansville say that because of the pandemic, that number's not surprising.
"They're all closed up in their homes with one another and an abuser takes advantage of that of the lack of interaction in society and utilizes that time for abuse," explained Kristine Cordts, Executive Director of Holly's House in Evansville.
While studies show a clear connection between the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in domestic abuse incidents, many of those incidents may have gone unreported until recently.
"They were not interacting with the people that are their trusted friends and adults. And so that type of abuse although we know that it was happening, it wasn't being reported," Cordts explained.
But as society inches closer to pre-pandemic life and restrictions are loosening up roughly one year after the pandemic began, Cordtz says some situations are becoming more clear.
"They're telling their friend, they're talking to people. Children are back in school. They're telling their teachers and other trusted adults, counselors, their Youth First counselors - and we're finding out more information," Cordtz said. "We're seeing our personal numbers at Holly's House really uptick from just a few a week to back to eight to 10 per-week, seeing three or four victims per day here to disclose and talk about abuse situations."
Cordtz is encouraging victims of abuse to reach out to places like Holly's House. You can find more information on HollysHouse.org.