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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the recession continues and more people lose their jobs, domestic violence cases are increasing.  

The Liberty House helps battered women and their children. Last year, they saw a 60% increase in cases.

So far this year, it's up even more. Loss of jobs, stress, and abuse of drugs and alcohol are contributing to the upward swing in violence.

Plus, Aggressors are often spending more time with victims these days. 

"He's home now. He's always been violent, but now he's home so the violence is not just one hour or two hours a day," said Silke Deeley of Liberty House. "Now that violence is probably all day long. 24/7 'cause he's not got a job. He's not going anywhere during the day."

The number of women seeking Temporary Protective Orders and the cases involving military families have also increased. As service members return from war, more wives and girlfriends are reporting acts of domestic abuse.

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