Home is Not a Safe Place for Everyone

Domestic Violence and the Coronavirus Pandemic

As the spread of the virus continues in the U.S., people are being asked to stay at home, which is not a safe place for everyone. Those who are surviving violence in their relationships and families may be experiencing increased stress, isolation and danger due to the current outbreak. Remember that you are not alone and there are supports available to you. Here in Melrose, the Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV) can provide support by phone or online, and will offer a cyber version of their weekly support group for survivors of domestic violence. You can contact MAAV at info@maav.org or 781-662-2010. You can also contact Det. Dan Ehlers, Domestic Violence Officer at the Melrose Police Department at 781-979-4432.

Other resources:

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-799-7233 and through chat.
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.
  • National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents: 1-855-2736.

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