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Pandemic stressors increasing cases of domestic violence

A man shot and killed his estranged wife and two children in Phoenix last week. This is the third instance since September where a parent was accused of killing their children. Tasha Menaker with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence says cases like these are increasing, partially due to the pandemic. 

“Well of course whenever we hear about cases like this it’s devastating and tragic every single time. They are far too common and seem to be increasing especially with the pandemic,” Menaker said.

Menaker says the pandemic has created stressors for relationships like financial strain and trouble finding affordable housing. This month is also Domestic Violence Awareness month, and she says that it’s important to take the opportunity to honor survivors as well as mourn the victims. 

Reyna Preciado started her internship with KJZZ in August 2021. She is a senior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, focusing on community-related stories.She previously had been pursuing a major in biochemistry, but switched directions after becoming a server. During her time serving, she found that so many people had stories to share and so many voices deserved to be heard.She loved to write in her AP English classes in high school, so she made the decision to use her writing and communication skills to major in broadcast journalism. It was always a dream of hers to become a news anchor after being cast as an anchor in a fourth-grade newscast. It was silly, but it stuck with her, and she was eager to follow her dream when she was finally inspired to change directions. Now, she continues being inspired by the many voices within her community that have been waiting for an opportunity to be able to address what's important to them.When she is not working on a story, she likes to cook, sing and hang out with her crazy toddler.