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Cold weather togetherness leads to increase in domestic violence calls

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GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) -

With the cold weather and snow we've had, many people have stayed home from work and school. Authorities in Gibson County say that togetherness has lead to an increase in domestic violence calls. 

Gibson County Sheriff George Ballard says the extreme weather, cold and hot, usually leads to more problems at home.

Ballard says he received the most calls on Sunday into Monday, when the snow was threatening.

In all, Ballard said no one was arrested, but according to the Vanderburgh County Jail records, several people were arrested on domestic violence charges during those times. 

Ballard says the sheriff's office responds to the calls and, if needed, will help the victims get to a shelter in Evansville.

"Sometimes, we'll maybe go to the state police post and Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office will come up, meet us and get them the rest of the way down to Evansville to that shelter," Ballard says.

Ballard says there is talk about establishing a shelter similar to the one in Evansville in Gibson County. No word on when that could become a reality.

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