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Episode 42

Police Investigations in the Age of the Coronavirus

March 23, 2020   Tags: , ,
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What happens if someone is murdered during the quarantine? How will the detectives proceed? How will first responders respond to a call where someone is in imminent danger?

In this special episode of the Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad, Paul and Billy attempt to answer these questions. 

The Coronavirus (COVID-19):

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has a list of resources and information on the Coronavirus. But to protect yourself and others they recommend:

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

-Avoid close contact with others. Most places are recommending 6 feet worth of social distancing. 

One of the largest concerns during this time of self isolation is for survivors and victims of domestic violence and child abuse. To protect ourselves and others from exposure to the virus many survivors-children and adults-are trapped in a home that may not be safe. 

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, on average nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. That statistics is from a non-quarantined time. We still don't know how isolating and quarantine will affect this number. According to Time magazine "in China, the number of domestic violence cases reported to the local police tripled in February compared to the previous year, according to Axios. Activists say this is a result of enforced lockdown."

Below are tips from the National Domestic Violence Hotline:

-Create a safety plan. A plan isn't just for leaving. It's a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave. They have an interactive guide to safety planning here. 

-Practice self-care.Take time for your health and well-being.

-Reach out for help.Try to maintain contact over social media and the phone when its safe. Also try to stick to a daily routine. 

For any victims and survivors who need support, the National Domestic Violence Hotline if available 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network also provided tips for survivors during this uncertain time. Please remember, the strategies will work differently for everyone. 

-Make a list of supportive people to have regular check-ins with.

-Take breaks outside while remembering to socially distance. 

-Consider what places inside your home are easy to get in and out of in case of conflict. 

-Create a code word with your support system. The word should signify you are in immediate need of help. 

-Make and hide an "escape bag" with important documents, medicine, keys and any other important items you would need to leave quickly.

-Lastly, be gentle with yourself. You are doing the best you can. 

RAINN is also available 24/7 for support if needed. You can call at 800.656.HOPE or can chat here. 
ASSIGNMENT:
Stay safe and healthy. Find something funny or light at least once a day.

If you want to help solve crimes while quarantined, make sure to follow Billy on Twitter and Instagram for his #QuarantineSolve series. 

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