Domestic violence is increasing throughout the nation and Sevier County is not an exception, according to Richfield Police Chief Mayo Jacobsen.
In a recent report to executive board members and volunteer staff of the Horizon Crisis Center, Jacobsen said there were 33 cases of domestic violence in 1988 - and an additional 19 to date this year."The arguments, the upheaval with two people can often result in offenses against the police who have been called, either by neighbors or the woman who has been attacked," Jacobsen said.
The chief noted that a call to a home brings quick response from the police department. An officer does not go alone to a home, however. A back-up officer is always called - decreasing the risk to officers.
The chief emphasized that those working at the crisis center should not enter the domestic violence scene at a home. They should answer telephone calls for help and then direct the police to the location of the violence if that is necessary.
The Horizon Crisis Center has 15 new executive board and staff members. Its activities are directed by Marie Godfrey.