RESPOND’s 24-hour crisis hotline is more than that during this COVID-19 crisis… it’s a LIFELINE for victims of domestic violence. YOU can ensure we can continue to provide life-saving services during this unprecedented crisis, when victims are facing increased fears and challenges.
While “social distancing” is urged to contain the coronavirus outbreak, home is exactly where the danger lies for those we serve.
As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the globe, the main piece of advice coming from public health officials is to practice social distancing: working from home, restaurants and bars are shutting their doors, public transportation is limited. While for most of us it's an inconvenience, for victims of domestic violence it's down right DANGEROUS.
Victims of domestic violence are in a special kind of danger because of this outbreak. It means their abuser may not be going to work and they may be home more. Perpetrators of domestic violence commonly try to isolate victims, often cutting off their relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. Work is often a necessary respite from the unpredictability of the abuse. Not being able to go to work and connect with your colleagues, certainly increases your vulnerability.
This is why RESPOND’s 24-hour hotline is a vital resource as we navigate this crisis. Our hotline is often the first point of contact for someone in crisis. With the added pressures of social distancing, our hotline is an essential resource for victims and their loved ones.
$15,000 can help keep RESPOND’s confidential hotline open and operational for one month as we all continue to practice social distancing to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The hotline is ALWAYS answered in person by a trained Domestic Violence Counselor.
RESPOND's staff are no strangers to operating in high-pressure, crisis situations. A client once called because she was enduring frequent physical violence. She only had 5 minutes a day to talk when her abuser was out of the house. With just 5 minutes a day, RESPOND was able to coordinate a safe exit with the police and get this survivor to our shelter.
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As the world around us shifts day-by-day, hour-by-hour, we hope each of you knows that you are not alone. If you’re feeling unsafe at home, do not hesitate to call us, no matter what time of day or night: (617) 623-5900.