Home is not a safe place for everyone.
Covid-19, social isolation, and the Stay at Home order do not cause people to abuse, but can escalate an already abusive situation. Social distancing can increase the severity of domestic violence by limiting access to social supports and resources. Friends, family, and coworkers play a vital safety role in this situation and we can offer support. If you think someone you know is in an abusive relationship, reach out to our crisis hotline. Check in regularly with them through phone calls, texts, emails, mail – without naming your concerns. Let the person know you are continuing to think about them. People experiencing abuse might not feel safe calling or texting because their technology and phone use is being monitored, they might fear the person abusing them will overhear them, or they might no longer have access to a computer or phone. Encourage them to reach out to someone they trust to let them know what is happening in their home or relationship.
McLeod Alliance continues to provide essential crisis and supportive services for McLeod County.
In accordance with the recommended health and safety precautions related to the management of COVID-19, we are limiting in-person contact in our offices unless emergency intervention is needed. Advocates are available to provide support and assistance by phone, email, or video. While our offices remain open, we will request phone contact to complete a brief safety screening related to COVID-19. Please call our office before you come in when at all possible and we will determine how we can safely assist you.
As always, we are here to offer support and have an advocate available through our crisis line 24 hours a day.