The region’s top prosecutors, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and City Attorney Mike Feuer, have launched the “Behind Closed Doors” public safety campaign imploring Angelenos to be alert and aware and to report suspected in-home crimes. Lacey and Feuer asserted that with the Safer At Home orders during the COVID-19 crisis there may be increased levels of in-home domestic, elder and child abuse.
“We in law enforcement are especially concerned right now with protecting the people who live, work and visit Los Angeles County from domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse,” Lacey said. “It’s up to all of us to make sure that our family, friends, neighbors and colleagues get through this public health emergency without becoming a victim of crime.”
With restrictions on where we can go, what we can do, and less outside interaction, some people are more at-risk for abuse. Discovery of these crimes is more difficult because victims’ contact with others is greatly limited.
“What goes on behind closed doors can remain invisible and sometimes be deadly.” said Feuer. “I’m alarmed at what appears to be a dramatic decline in reporting of crimes against our kids, our seniors, and individuals in abusive relationships.
Find out more about the “Behind Closed Doors” campaign at lacityattorney.org/covid19.