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COVID-19 and Domestic Violence
Stay safe during COVID19
Maintaining social distance and staying safe at home may help us combat the spread of COVID19 but on the other hand, it can result in greater risks for victims of domestic violence, including sexual assault. Furthermore, we understand that loss of income, among other factors, in many families can increase the level of stress at home, thus resulting in a higher probability of violence incidents.
If you feel that things with your partner are getting worse because of this national health crisis, there is help for you. We want to share 3 recommendations.
1. Create a safety plan
This plan is personalized and practical, and consists of ways you can stay safe during a relationship or after you leave. You can call or text us at 509-869-0876 for help with creating this plan. Also, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has more information and tools on how to create a safety plan here .
2. Practice self-care
The situation with COVID19, isolation, quarantine, financial crisis, health problems, among other factors, make us feel overwhelmed and it is very easy to lose heart. That is why it is very important to take care of our physical, mental and emotional health so that we can bear this burden. Take time for yourself and practice self-care. Here we share 30 Days of Personal Care .
3. Seek help
If you are in an abusive relationship with your partner and need help, we are here for you. You're not alone. You can call us at 509-869-0876 to speak to an advocate for victims of domestic violence and / or sexual assault. Also, you can call the 24-hr YWCA helpline at 509-326-2255 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-799-7233.