WHEN ‘SAFER AT HOME’ ISN’T SAFE
By Brandi Hunter, for HIGH GROUND NEWS
If you’re in need of assistance, see the list at the bottom of this article.
Para ayuda con violencia doméstica en español llame a CasaLuz al 901-500-8214 o contacte firstname.lastname@example.org
For victims of domestic violence, an executive order to stay at home may help them escape a public health threat, but it also increases the risk of household abuse behind closed doors.
That’s why local victim advocate organizations are continuing to assist clients during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantines.
“We are considered an essential service,” said Marquiepta Odom, executive director of YWCA of Greater Memphis. “We are still here. Still operating and operating with caution.”
RESOURCES FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS
- Family Safety Center
- YWCA of Greater Memphis
- Memphis Area Legal Services
- Kindred Place
- CasaLuz (for Spanish-speakers)
You can also call the Family Safety Center’s 24-hour helpline at 901-249-7611 or the YWCA of Greater Memphis’s 24-hour helpline at 901-725-4277.
The 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or live chat here.
Find reliable information and resources for food, employment, safety, parents, and more in High Ground’s Memphis Area COVID-19 Resource Guide. Updated daily.