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COVID-19 Info

COVID-19

We’re open to help you

Certified Domestic Violence Centers offer free,
confidential help for domestic violence survivors and their
children.

What we are doing during COVID-19 pandemic:

We are practicing all the recommended guidelines such as washing hands, using hand sanitizer, practicing social distancing, and limiting groups to 10 or less.  We are utilizing phone and internet conferencing for meetings and group sessions.

 

WAYS PEOPLE CAN HELP DV VICTIMS

  • Stay connected via phone, text, email, facetime, etc (practicing safe social distancing)
  • Listen and express concern
  • Lift their self esteem
  • Set-up a safe word or phrase they can use to notify you that they need you to call the authorities
  • Connect people to resources and information
  • Report online harassment, abuse or stalking
  • Raise awareness about how violence impacts homes and communities
  • Help change community norms and policies to assist in protecting people from violence and from being violent
  • Have open dialogue about domestic violence with your children, friends, neighbors and colleagues
  • Support local nonprofits that provide services to DV victims

 

TIPS FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION DURING COVID SAFER-AT-HOME ORDER

  1. Be reasonable with your expectations and be kind to yourself.  You won’t be the “Pinterest Parent” (at least not every day).
  2. Be flexible.  Yes, have a schedule, but there’s no need to be rigid.  If you’re not right on time with something, it’s okay (refer to tip #1).
  3. Remember what it was like to be a kid?  Try to see the world through their eyes.  
  4. Find fun ways to learn—cooking, yard work, reading together can be fun and also incorporate academics such as math and science so you don’t feel guilty about any lapses in their education while home from school.
  5. Take care of your body.  Exercise, do stretches or yoga, try meditation.  Eat as well as you can.
  6. Let everyone designate their own “quiet zone;” an area where they can sit and decompress.  Like a time-out only self-imposed.
  7. Stay connected.  Call, facetime, text, or write your friends and family.

 

Open during stay-at-home order:

The Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program 24-hour
Hotline (321) 631-2764 Voice & TTY

Serene Harbor Domestic Violence Center
24/7 hotline call 321-726-8282 or text 321-236-3211

Other Domestic Violence Help:
Florida’s Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 500-1119
Voice (800) 621-4202 TTY

National Teen Dating Violence Hotline:
1-866-331-9474, text loveis to 22522
Chat at loveisrespect.org

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