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Domestic Violence Soared Following Puerto Rico Hurricane

Almost six months after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, residents continue to suffer from the breakdown of a criminal justice system that was already in crisis because of funding shortfalls.

One key indicator of the “chaotic” state of the island’s infrastructure is a fourfold increase in the number of domestic violence calls in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 20 storm, according to John Jay College Professor Jodie Roure, who works with human rights and women’s organizations there.

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