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Kennewick Police Report Spike in Domestic Violence Calls

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - People across the Tri-Cities are victims of domestic abuse at the hands of their loved ones all the time.

Kennewick Police responded a number of domestic violence calls over the holiday weekend. 

Authorities reported that in one 12 hour shift police responded to 10 domestic violence related calls in Kennewick alone, which they said is very high.

Police agencies throughout the Tri-Cites said they generally respond to more domestic violence calls during three day weekends or holidays.

Kennewick Sergeant Brian Swartswalter said holidays bring together families but also problems and high stress situations.  Police said they typically receive more domestic violence related calls during these holiday gatherings.

Swartswalter said alcohol is also a big factor.  He said, "When you go to as many domestics as we do you tend to learn that alcohol seems to usually be there."

The Benton Franklin Domestic Violence Services help thousands of victims in our area every year.  National statistics report about one in four women will experience abuse in her lifetime. Statistics show the vast majority of victims are women.

The following is a link to learn more about places to get help for domestic violence.