When is a drop in domestic violence bad news?

Article here. Jump the paywall by Googling the first paragraph text. Excerpt:

'Boston police reported fewer calls for intimate-partner domestic violence in March and April than in the same period last year — a seemingly positive trend that nonetheless worries officials and advocates who fear victims are reluctant to report abuse while advised to stay at home due to a pandemic.

“You’re going to see underreporting because people are afraid. They’re living with their abuser," Attorney General Maura Healey said in an interview Tuesday. "It’s hard for them to make a phone call. It’s hard for them to go online even.”'

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... when money is on the table.

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If the number of calls goes down, there's more domestic violence.

If the number of calls goes up, there's more domestic violence.

Obviously, it's a useless measure if it's interpreted as an increase whether the number goes up or down.

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