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Troubled economy linked to increase violence in Nash Co.

Posted September 23, 2008

— Nash County officials say they believe the troubled economy is to blame for an increase in domestic violence cases.

"What we're seeing is an increase in child protective services reports, often around domestic violence, substance abuse and sexual abuse," said Laura O'Neal, director of Nash County's Department of Social Services.

Recently, child protective services handled as many as 90 cases of possible abuse a month. Social workers investigated 25 in the first seven days of September.

"When those numbers jump, it is very stressful for our staff," O'Neal said.

Meredith Holland, who heads My Sister's House, a shelter and support program for victims of domestic violence, says the number of people taking out protective orders is also increasing.

"If there is violence in the home, you add additional stressors, whatever they are, and that can certainly exacerbates everything," Holland said.

And, she says, tough financial times can make it more difficult for victims of abuse to leave.

"What we're seeing is women who leave have a more difficult time in getting services and getting help and finding jobs," Holland said.

O'Neal says acknowledging a correlation between economic trouble and violence is an important first step.


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  • rifleman155 Sep 24, 2008

    Wow. I am being forced to retire after working the same job for 14 years. I will end making almost 60k. Not much to lots of people, but it was a lot to this non-college educated country boy. I was worried about jobs, very worried. I started throwing out applications left and right. That was last week. I have three jobs now...three...in less than a week. They will pay the bills until I can find something more stable. All three are minimum wage, but who cares? I'm working. People need to stop whining about the economy and no jobs, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, and find a frikkin job. It doesn't matter if you have to flip burgers or whatever. Money is money..it all spends the same. Hard work is rewarding no matter what your profession. Stop asking "why me?" and get out there and work.

  • jr1brown Sep 23, 2008

    Oh that explains everything.

  • jr1brown Sep 23, 2008

    It's the economy,stupid! Wow, that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

  • whatusay Sep 23, 2008

    First problem is interviewing Social Services for their opinion on addressing crime. They will always say unemployment, no education, bad economic times. But, the illegals don't seem to be having any problem getting jobs. The jobs are their but some people think that robbing pizza delivery boys is an easier way to get money. When our government stops paying welfare Americans will go back to work and the illegals will go back home.

  • bs101fly Sep 23, 2008

    and we gonna get some increased violence here in wake county because of it too!