Advocates: Reports of domestic violence, teen angst on the rise since Sandy

New Jersey-based help centers say they have seen increased cases since Sandy.

New Jersey-based help centers say they have seen increased cases since Sandy. (2/25/13)

EDISON - Reports of domestic violence have been on the rise since Superstorm Sandy battered the state, according to workers who assist victims of abuse.

A Hazlet-based victims' advocacy group called 180–Turning Lives Around says that violence reports increased 50 percent in January

"Following a natural disaster of whatever kind, there are significant increases in the six months following of domestic violence and sexual assault,” says Anna Diaz, executive director of 180. “We’re starting to see that tip of the iceberg in the month of January.”

Diaz says she has seen the increase in domestic violence by way of more callers requesting counseling.

Second Floor, a statewide youth help line, says it too has seen a change since Sandy. The group says it usually assists two or three suicidal teen callers each month. In January, it had nine cases.

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180 - Turning Lives Around

24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline : 1-888-843-9262 24 Hour Sexual Violence Hotline : 1-888-264-RAPE 2nd Floor Youth Help Line (Statewide) : 1-888-222-2228 To find a help center in your area : 2-1-1

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