Staying home doesn’t mean staying safe for everyone.
As Michiganders continue to live under the social distancing guidelines provided in the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order that was issued to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, experts are worried that domestic violence in the state will increase.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) impacts millions of Americans. It is the physical, sexual, psychological, or financial abuse that can occur in a current or former intimate relationship. It can be a one-time event or a pervasive series of events that worsen over time.
According to Michigan Incident Crime Reporting, there were 48,264 known victims of domestic violence in Michigan in 2018.
Periods of social isolation, including that caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic, can increase the risk and severity of IPV (Intimate Partner Violence). Perpetrators might even use the fear of the coronavirus as another means of controlling victims, such as by threatening to throw them out of the home in a time of crisis, or by further isolating them from friends and family. The stress the outbreak has placed upon finances also poses a burden. Think of survivors who have recently left an abusive relationship and are struggling to stay financially afloat. Victims of crime are often operating on a very thin economic margin as they begin to rebuild their lives after an assault or other crime.
COVID-19 has been devastating to many survivors. MCEDSV operates a 24-7 hotline for sexual assault victims as well as serves as a coalition of domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy agencies statewide. Since March, when the governor issued the executive order for residents to stay at home, we and our member programs have received an influx of requests for assistance that are going unfilled, simply because we do not have the resources.
We are seeking to build a fund of last resort for survivors who do not have access to essential needs due to safety concerns, geography, disability, or any other reason. We are raising money for isolated survivors who may need food, diapers, feminine hygiene products, or other essentials.
Please Donate. Together we can build an emergency fund of relief for survivors in Michigan.
Thank you from all of us at MCEDSV and from the survivors, this fund will assist in the future!
About MCEDSV: The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is a statewide coalition for domestic and sexual violence agencies. We provide support, training, and technical assistance for member agencies to ensure that they have the necessary support and resources to best prevent violence, and receive and serve all survivors.
We provide training to advocates, law enforcement, legal services, medical providers, and all members of the community. We advocate at the state level on public policy issues affecting survivors of violence and the programs that serve them.
How to contact us: Address: 3893 Okemos Rd, Suite B2, Okemos, MI 48864-4209 Phone: (517) 347-7000
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