Our view – The pandemic magnified domestic abuse, so please … reach out

Our view – The pandemic magnified domestic abuse, so please … reach out

When COVID-19 put the world to a halt earlier this year, many people suddenly found themselves at home all day with nowhere to go.

For some, this may have been a blessing. For others, home was one of the most dangerous places for them to be.

Studies have shown that domestic violence rates increased dramatically during the lockdown and stay-at-home order, putting many at risk for increased sexual assault and violence.

In a time when everything seems uncertain and life is changing at any given moment, the one place that people should feel safe is at home. While no one can know what is happening behind closed doors, we want to be able to provide some hope for those struggling at home with sexual assault or domestic violence.

You are not alone. There are so many people and resources that are there to help you. Reach out, in whatever form you are most comfortable with. If you know a friend or family member who is in a difficult situation, reach out and offer to help them contact these resources. There are safe options out there for all situations.

Reno County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center

620-665-3630

Harvey, Marion, & McPherson 24-Hour Helpline

316-283-0350 or 1-800-487-0510

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