An increase in family violence is expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic...you can help us be ready.
In times of crisis, such as the current pandemic, The Compass Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, anticipates that we will see a sharp spike in victim services needs in the weeks following the emergency. This is a fact that research and personal experience has shown us repeatedly...just a few examples that have been documented through research:
- The 1980s Farm Crisis
- The 2007-9 Great Recession
- The 2009 Greek Financial Collapse
Recent reports show a 75% increase in domestic violence calls to the Utah County, Utah 911 service since the outbreak started there. That is an alarming statistic, but not unheard of. History shows domestic violence reports can increase 50%-100% in specific communities during a crisis.
The Compass Center is preparing to serve this new wave of victims, and continuing to serve our current clients, via telehealth services and other means that respect the need for social distancing. The Compass Center also remains committed to removing financial barriers for victims by not charging clients for the counseling and advocacy services they desperately need.
The Compass Center has already absorbed over $10,000 in unplanned costs in moving to a 100% telehealth (zero contact) delivery model. Additionally, The Compass Center was forced to cancel three fundraising events scheduled for April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and a fourth event tentatively scheudled for June is in serious jeopardy of being cancelled as well. These cancellations represent the loss of $15,000-$20,000 in projected revenue at the end of the fiscal year.
Altogether that leaves a $30,000 hole in the budget that will ultimately impact services to victims. Those dollars can only be replaced by YOUR GIFT.
If you are able to make a gift to support victim services at The Compass Center, please do so now.