March 25, 2020 13:53
The Portland Police Bureau continues to identify data for certain crimes in an effort to provide education, increase internal and external awareness, and prioritize community safety during the pandemic. Due to delays in report processing, as well as complications with the variety of different call codes domestic violence crimes can be reported as, PPB determined the most accurate current means of assessing domestic violence impacts was by analyzing arrest data.
From March 12 through March 23, 2020, 38 domestic violence arrests were made compared to 30 arrests for the same time period in 2019. This is a 27% year over year increase. (Note: recent arrest data numbers may increase if there are other arrest reports identified that may not have been processed yet).
From February 29 through Mach 11, 2020 (the same number of days in comparison, but prior to the City of Portland's Emergency Declaration) there were 34 arrests. This indicates a 12% arrest increase post-Portland emergency declaration.
"It is important for us to continue to monitor data, especially as it relates to those who are most vulnerable in our community during this pandemic," said Chief Jami Resch. "This data is an indication that our officers are making more arrests for domestic violence charges than previously, which indicates we are doing our part to arrest perpetrators of violence to increase victim safety. Ideally, we want to connect victims to services prior to violence occurring and there are a number of community agencies with resources available. Please, help us get the word out about support services so we can help those whose safety is at risk."
During this public health crisis, PPB created a domestic violence resource flyer that is being shared on its social media sites. We ask community members to continue to share it: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/757155
One for Spanish speakers is at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/757595
PPB has additional information and resources related to domestic violence on its website at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/80653
In addition to domestic violence, calls involving suicide attempts or suicide threats are up 41% from 2019 and up 23% from ten days prior to the state of emergency. PPB urges anyone who needs help to call:
* The Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Intervention Line at 503-988-4888
* Lines for Life at 800-273-8255
* 24 hour crisis line through Unica: Proyecto Unica 503-232-4448
The Police Bureau has created a special COVID-19 portal on its website where it is publishing all its news releases, podcasts, videos and public safety resources. Please visit it at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/80600
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