ASHA for Women is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are following the guidance of public health professionals on steps we must take to protect the health and safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff members. At this time, ASHA for Women is operating both its toll-free helplines on a normal schedule. Please click here for a Coronavirus update from the CDC.
Alert for our Clients: STAY SAFE
The current situation could be used by an abuser to his advantage in many ways. Being aware is important so you can plan to stay safer.
- It is easy to use COVID-19 as a threat. Stay informed about developments from reliable sources.
- Social distancing is a health requirement right now but, for a person suffering from domestic violence, safety lies in staying connected. Keep in daily touch through phone calls, messaging or email with friends/relatives/colleagues who have your welfare in mind.
- Staying connected will help you access medical attention if you need it, which an abusive partner could deny.
- Take stock: keep safely insurance papers, supply of hand sanitizer, contact numbers of relevant health authorities and other things you could need in an emergency.
More details on how to stay safe with this situation are given by the National Domestic Violence Hotline. We urge all clients encountering violence from their partners to read this: https://www.thehotline.org/2020/03/13/staying-safe-during-covid-19/
Take note: IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE HELP CALL 911.
Also open for support: Our helplines 1-888- 417-2742 (Domestic Violence) and 1-833-999-9080 ( Seniors and Caregivers)