Helping Victims of Abuse Stay Safe During COVID-19

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Every day at CHANA, we are committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. We know that this may be a particularly frightening and isolating time for victims and survivors of abuse and trauma and their children. We also know that people are especially vulnerable to sexual and domestic violence during the chaos and uncertainty that accompanies a natural disaster or state of emergency like the one we are currently experiencing.

As the situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting nearly every aspect of our lives, tensions remain high. During a time when companies are advising employees to work remotely, and the government is recommending social distancing, victims may be isolated in their homes or in proximity to their abuser for extended periods of time.

These factors can create situations where safety is compromised, and danger escalates. CHANA is there to help.

The following are some tips for survivors to stay safe throughout the duration of this crisis.

Create a Safety Plan

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes individualized methods for victims to remain safe while in an abusive relationship, or when they are planning to leave or have already left. CHANA works through every aspect of the ongoing and ever-changing plan.

Each victim’s plan is unique and incorporates all the components of their circumstances. CHANA partners with clients to empower them to make the plans and decisions that are right for them. In these unprecedented times, safety plans are more crucial than ever to ensure safety.

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