Experts have feared that sheltering in place could lead to a rise in domestic violence. In many places, it has. Earlier this month, KOLD reported on April 6, 2020 that Sherriff Mark Napier said that there has not been a spike in domestic violence, but that it could happen when economic situations worsen.
It is important to note that Sheriff Napier can only comment on what has been reported to police and research shows that domestic violence is often under reported. This can be particularly frightening when children are involved. If you, or someone you know, is in an abusive situation and you do not feel that you can call the police, making a plan is critical. Help is available!
- One of many resources, an app called “myPlan”, is available at the App Store and Google Play for free, or accessible here.
- The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence created and workbook for Self Care During COVID-19 which can be downloaded here.
- Additional resource from Arizona Coalition available here.
- Please also check out our blog on Domestic Violence and Parenting. It will walk you through how to create a safety plan for yourself.
In addition, there are many national organizations that can provide support:
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800-799-7233 and through chat.
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.
- The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities: 844-762-8483.
- The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT: 877-565-8860 This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
- The Deaf Hotline is available 24/7 through video phone (1-855-812-1001), email and chat for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled survivors.
- National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents: 855-427-2736
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The McCarthy Law Firm is a full service family law firm. If you need help with filing for an Order of Protection, establishing or modifying a parenting plan, or if you have general questions, we are here to assist you. Please call us at 520-623-0341 to explore your options.