Resources for domestic violence survivors remain available during coronavirus pandemic
DETROIT – As the coronavirus pandemic continues it can lead to severe anxiety and even a rise in domestic violence.
Doctors and social workers want people to know that their lines are open for people with stress or people in danger.
Being forced to stay inside during the pandemic can get frustrating, but it can put people in danger if someone in the house is also their abuser.
The domestic violence shelter Haven in Pontiac reports calls to its hotline have remained steady through this crisis. It does expect calls to rise once the crisis is over because right now not everyone is able to make a call for help.
Jill Blackson is the deputy director of Community Care Services. She’s making sure patients with mental health issues are staying connected via telehealth to their doctors and professionals during the crisis.
“You have folks who were already struggling with anxiety and depression and this has taken it to a whole another level for sure,” Blackson said.
For parents, it could become a refresher course in problem-solving.
“Maybe get creative,” Blackson said. “And when you get on each other’s nerves, maybe a little social distancing in the house isn’t a bad idea.”
Community Care Services also wants everyone to know that despite so many things being shut down it is still taking new patients.
- 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-241-4949
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
Haven wants people to know its hotline is always available.
- Crisis and support: 248-334-1274
- Toll-free crisis line: 877-922-1274