RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Police said domestic violence cases are on the rise as the stay at home orders continue.

“Some families are getting frustrated with being at home,” said Edinburg Police Chief Cesar Torres.

Edinburg Police Chief Cesar Torres said that the department had seen a 28 percent decrease in domestic violence calls since March 2019, but recently the virus has been fueling calls.

“Last week we did see a little spike on domestic violence calls and some of the reasons for that is because people are home,” said Chief Torres.

But, according to Chief Torres, the victims don’t have to suffer in silence.

“Educate them. Letting our victims know that they are not alone, we are here with them,” said Chief Torres.

Organizations like Mujeres Unidas help both men and women in abusive environments, and while many of their offices are closed, Mata-Moya Social Services Director of Mujeres Unidas said all their services are still available.

“They can call us.” Said Cecilia Mata-Moya, Mujeres Unidas Social Services Director. “I mean it’s difficult for them to have a conversation with someone if the abuser is right next to them. So we recommend that they try to find a safe place where they can talk. That way we can figure out what services they’re needing and how we can accommodate them.”

Mata-Moya said the organization is also experiencing a high volume of calls and recommends creating a safe word with your kids, neighbors, or family members to alert them when something is wrong.

For help with protective orders and crisis interventions, you can call the Mujeres Unidas hotline at 1-800-580-4879.