“The most dangerous place for a woman during the COVID-19 epidemic is in the home.”
This quote from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence saddened me. As we begin Domestic Violence Awareness month, I ask that you take just a moment to think about the following:
One in four women in the U.S. have experienced family violence. One in three women in the State of Texas have experienced family violence. The highest rates occur to those in the 18 to 34-year-old age group. Now, couple that with quarantine. COVID-19 has given abusers new methods of control and isolation tactics. Survivors have faced diminished resources due to the closing shelters or the pausing of intakes. COVID-19 has taken away the option of leaving for many women who suffer abuse.
It takes courage to see self-worth in the face of abuse. It takes planning to leave an abusive situation. And it takes support to stay away. Support takes many forms. Support may include crisis hotlines, safe shelter, transitional housing assistance, trained advocates, case managers, emergency food, clothing, or utility assistance.
Aware Central Texas provides a 24/7 Crisis Hotline for survivors and law enforcement to reach out for services. Our services include comprehensive case management, advocacy, hospital and law enforcement accompaniment, assistance with community resources, support groups, and basic needs assistance.
These are just some of the incredible ways Aware supports survivors. It is through your support that survivors are able to rebuild their lives. It is through your support that Aware can continue to assist other Central Texas families struggling with abuse.
COVID-19 did not interrupt our support of survivors. However, during these turbulent times we are counting on your contributions to help Aware continue to assist families, to intervene and prevent violence and abuse, and to support survivors in creating a safe, healthy environment for their families. Please consider contributing today. Your support changes outcomes for those experiencing violence and abuse. To find out more about how you can help make a difference in the lives of Central Texas families, please visit our website at www.awarecentraltexas.org
Working to End the Cycle,
Aware Central Texas