Every upheaval we are experiencing during this pandemic disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable, not the least of which are survivors of domestic violence. For survivors, home is often not a safe place to be.
There is no vaccine for intimate partner violence. Forced coexistence and economic pressures have resulted in domestic violence increasing at alarmingly high rates since March. And it is harder than ever for survivors to leave their abusers because they have fewer safe places to go. Friends and family may not be in a position to help because of social distancing.
But you can help.
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YWCA Evanston/North Shore has continued to serve survivors of domestic violence throughout this pandemic. In the spring, we moved survivors from our shelter to local hotel rooms to increase safety, We equipped our support staff with the technology to answer crisis line calls remotely and deliver counseling and trauma support virtually. In June, we were able to reopen our legal advocacy office at the Skokie Courthouse, and we have continued to provide longer-term housing and employment support services to survivors and their children throughout this pandemic.
Now we are in the process of building a new family support center so we can serve double the number of survivors and their children by next summer.
Many of the women who find shelter under our roof, and/or call us for safety planning, counseling, and trauma support are essential workers who have continued going to work in front line jobs, often at great risk to themselves and their families.
Survivors of domestic violence need your help now more than ever.
Join us October 5 - October 30 for "Every 9 Seconds: YWCA Challenge to End Domestic Violence" to help raise awareness and funds to support our domestic violence program.
YOUR GIFT TODAY WILL BE MATCHED by an anonymous donor, doubling your impact!
When you make a donation, you are helping to end domestic violence for women and children throughout our communities.