Economy Plays Huge Role in Nevada Divorce Filings, Murders
The condition of our economy can have an impact on a number of areas and statistics show it's a huge factor in murder and divorce rates.
According to the latest report from the Violence Policy Center, Nevada dropped to 16th in the nation in the amount of murders committed by men against women.
In the three years before that, Nevada ranked number one.
"Well, sixteenth is definitely progress, but there is a lot of work to do," says Behavioral Health and Rehabilitative Coordinator Lisa Rogers. "I think it's cyclical. I think depending upon the economy stressors, like finances, losing your home, or losing your marriage and those things can happen at any time. I think we stand a chance of just rebounding right back to first again."
Despite the drop in domestic violence, experts say divorce rates are climbing as the economy improves.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Nevada has the highest divorce rate in the country.
I looked at the numbers and Nevada did see a slight drop in divorces during the recession.
A local divorce lawyer says that's because many couples that wanted a divorce, waited until the housing market improved to get one.
Nationwide, industry experts have seen an increase in divorce filings by as much as 25% over the past year.
Rogers says there is a strong connection between finances and divorce, but there is another factor as well.
"I think it takes a lot of work and work is hard and people don't want to invest the time at working at a solution. It could be behaviors a person has had for so many years and it takes a long time to undo those behaviors. People would rather just dissolve their marriage rather than work on the problems."
To see the entire interview, tune in for my weekend show Face the State. The show airs Saturday at 4:30am and Sunday at 5:30am.
Written by Chris Ciarlo