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.