Domestic Violence Cases On The Rise In LA County Amid Stay At Home Orders

With more people staying at home during this coronavirus pandemic, domestic violence cases are rising in Los Angeles County, officials said.

Domestic Violence Cases On The Rise In LA County Amid Stay At Home Orders

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With more people staying at home during this coronavirus pandemic, domestic violence cases are rising in Los Angeles County.

There is an 8% increase in reports sent to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department compared to last year, officials said.

Authorities are encouraging witnesses to call 911 as soon as they can if they hear of someone in distress.

“We will be there very, very quickly and we will intervene, ” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a morning briefing.

Through the Violence Against Women Act, certain non-citizens experiencing abuse can petition to become permanent residents in abusive situations.

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For people who don’t seek placement at domestic violence shelters due to locations not accepting pets, the L.A. County Animal Care and Control is offering to get pets to a safe place while victims seek help. They’ll be reunited at a later date.

Advocates are available to help domestic violence victims 24/7. Anyone in the county in need can call the county’s Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-978-3600 or dial 2-1-1.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800-799-7233 is also available in more than 200 languages.

If you are in a life-threatening situation, you should call 911 instead.

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Small LA Businesses Struggle To Receive Loans As Ruth’s Chris, Shake Shack Receive Millions

Businesses affected by the coronavirus shutdown have been urged to apply for loans, but some small local businesses are not getting as much help as their bigger counterparts.

Small LA Businesses Struggle To Receive Loans As Ruth’s Chris, Shake Shack Receive Millions

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Businesses affected by the coronavirus shutdown have been urged to apply for loans, but some small local businesses are not getting as much help as their bigger counterparts.

Sami Bennett owns women’s boutique, Wood N’ Hanger, on what usually is a busy stretch of Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills.

She applied for a small business disaster loan but when it arrived, she was shocked at the amount.

“We were told we would probably get an infusion of $10,000,” Bennett said. “We ended up getting $2,000. What can you do with that?”

RELATED: Shake Shack Returns $10M Loan To Federal Government

The Small Business Disaster Loans and the Payment Protection Program were out of money as of Monday. It was also revealed that several large chains have received millions.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House received $20 million while burger chain Shake Shack received $10 million — which the company later said it would return.

However, the Small Business Administration (SBA) cannot make any new loans against those funds until Congress authorizes another round of disbursements.

Jennifer Saxton, the owner of Tot Squad, a marketplace for new parents, said she applied for both programs and has yet to receive a dime.

“I feel like I’ve been left behind by our government,” said Saxton. “I feel like I have dotted every I and crossed every T and have been first in line and there is no clarity about how these funds are being allocated.”

Dreamy Cupcakes in Northridge did get a sizable SBA loan, but owner Jenica Braddock has had to change her business model to stay afloat.

In addition to opening for carry-out, as of May 1, she is launching at-home gourmet cake mixes.

“My goal is to get it into grocery stores nationwide and bring dreamy creations into people’s homes,” Braddock said.

Saxton has shifted to more online services but doesn’t know if it will be enough to sustain her business.

“I really want our government to hear our cry for help that we are putting out there and also for our banks to do a better job,” she said.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House released a statement Monday saying it has a responsibility to its 30 business owners, its shareholders, and its customers to do everything it can to make sure the business is strong a viable. The company did not mention returning any of the funds.

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