Coronavirus and Domestic Violence
National Hotline Number 1-800-799-7233
Excerpt from April Catholic Standard Article
“The covid-19 crisis is making life particularly difficult for families suffering abuse,” said Laura Yeomans, program manager for the Parish Partners Program of Catholic Charities. “We know from the past when there is a national crisis, (and) high unemployment, that violence in families increases.”
Information can be found on Catholic Charities’s website: catholiccharitiesdc.org/familypeace/gethelp/. Calling the national domestic violence hotline number, 1-800-799-7233, is also a resource for agencies that can help provide plans for safety, shelter and counseling services. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can call 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
Catholics For Family Peace Education and Research Initiative
Catholics For Family Peace is an initiative of the National Catholic School of Social Service at the Catholic University of America
Local Government Contacts for Domestic Violence
Excerpt from Montgomery County, MD Press release
The Montgomery County Family Justice Center (FJC) remains open throughout the pandemic and continues to provide services. The FJC can be reached by telephone at 240-773-0444 or by email at . The Montgomery County Crisis Center is open 24/7 and can be reached at 240-777-4000.
The statewide stay-at-home order is critical to limiting the spread of COVID-19, but the increased isolation and stress, along with the inability to avoid an abuser, makes this a particularly difficult time for those experiencing family violence. As individuals are cut off from support systems outside the home, new stressors, such as financial instability, can make abusive situations more volatile. In addition, many people are not being seen by others who might report suspected family violence, such as teachers.
"We should all feel safe in our homes, but the reality is, not everyone does,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “The goal of the Family Violence Awareness and Prevention Campaign is to let County residents know that there is still help for victims, even during these difficult times. We have programs in place, some of them are available 24 hours a day. We are here to help." Mr. Elrich and other County leaders stressed that no one will ever be asked about their immigration status if they seek help.
Arlington County, VA Doorways Program for Women and Families
Staying safe at home and more COVID-19 resources, information, and news for our neighbors needing support and concerned community members hoping to offer help.
(703) 237-0881 Arlington’s 24‑Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Survivors
As DC has declared a state of emergency, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV/Coalition), in partnership with our member programs and partners, is working together to address the safety, health, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence. We’re grateful for Mayor Bowser and Chairman Mendelson for moving swiftly to address critical concerns from the community.
For immediate needs contact the DC Victim Hotline. To reach the hotline, dial or text 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732)
or access the online chat at www.DCvictim.org/chat.
DC SAFE is ensuring victims and survivors of domestic violence know immediate assistance remains available during Covid-19 related closures. DC SAFE’s advocates are working remotely and are available 24/7 as usual. If you have an immediate need please call the DC Victim Hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC, 911 or 311. DC SAFE has increased the number of staff answering the crisis line.