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.

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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.

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