BOISE, Idaho — One tragic element of Idaho's stay-at-home order is domestic abuse.
Local nonprofit family advocate organizations say they are seeing a dramatic spike in people seeking protective orders.
Darci Anderson is the court-appointed special advocates program director for Family Advocates in Boise. She said they have seen a large spike in calls for help.
"Yeah we are, and to give you some stats that I ran really quick. This time last year, so in 2019, our guardian ad litems were serving 284 children that were involved in a children protection case due to abuse and neglect. And this year, and these numbers are just from March, April and May, we are currently serving 304 children that are involved in an active child protection case,” said Anderson.
“Did this spike, did you see that happen mid-March, did it go up then?” asked KTVB.
“Yeah, so we closed out office to staff mid-March and it was week after that that we saw a huge spike in cases,” she said.
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