How can I help someone I know who is experiencing domestic abuse during COVID-19?
While COVID-19 has kept people away from each other, it hasn’t kept away domestic abuse. Lockdowns and quarantine measures have actually increased the dangers of domestic abuse and violence. The closures of schools and child care has added to the stress at home.
If you know someone experiencing domestic abuse during COVID-19, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has the following tips to help someone in need:
- Ask them how they would like to connect
- Stay in touch
- Be supportive
- Help them think about how to stay safe during COVID19
- Help find a local domestic violence helpline
The following organizations are equipped to provide resources to victims:
- Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741)
- National Parent Hotline: 1-855-427-2736
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
- Futures Without Violence
For more resources, refer to: What resources exist for domestic violence victims?