For people who are experiencing domestic violence, social distancing, quarantine, and mandatory lockdowns with the spread of COVID-19 have trapped them in their homes with their abusers, isolated from the people and the resources that could help them. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that a growing number of callers say that their abusers are using COVID-19 as a means of further isolating them from their friends and family and continues to control victims by withholding financial and medical resources and threatening to throw them on the street.
With most people not being able to go to work and having limited access to their usual social network/ support, victims of domestic violence are at higher risk of more extreme violence and abuse. Meanwhile, domestic violence organizations like the National Domestic Violence Hotline are developing new strategies to support victims under lockdown. Though victims have more restricted time/ opportunity to seek help while at home with their abusers, the hotline offers services via online chat or texting, making it easier for victims to seek out help while at home. Read more about this article on https://time.com/5803887/coronavirus-domestic-violence-victims/
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call Tri-County Help Center, Inc.
|National Domestic Violence Hotline offers a secure and private online chat system making it easier to seek out help while at home. Please visit https://www.thehotline.org/
Or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline via text or call at 1-800-799-7233.
Tri-County Help Center is a trauma informed, mental health agency that specializes in working with victims/survivors of violence. Our mental health recovery program believes in a client directed recovery process and recognizes the need for hope, meaningful activities, spirituality, cultural understanding, education and socialization.
We provide individual counseling, group counseling, support groups, case management, psychiatric services, legal advocacy, and a domestic abuse intervention program (DAIP). We also offer a 24 hour emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. At this shelter, one can receive support, linkage to needed recourses, legal advocacy, safety planning, and case management.
Victims/survivors of sexual assault can receive support through the work of a trauma-informed advocate. This advocacy includes emotional support, accompaniment to law enforcement interviews and medical care, connection to counseling services, accompaniment to court, safety planning, and assistance with other issues associated with assault. Advocated can also help survivors fill out paperwork for victim compensation and VINE. This program is funded through s grant from the Attorney General’s Office.
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