Amidst the COVID-19 virus outbreak, Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women will continue to provide vital crisis programs for victims of domestic violence in Scott and Carver Counties. Our crisis line is open 24/7 and advocates are available to help by calling 952-873-4214. Things we can help with over the phone are: safety planning, emotional support, Order for Protection information and community resource updates. During this time we will be looking at new creative solutions to meet additional needs of the clients we serve.
Research suggests that incidences of domestic violence rise after natural disasters, which is likely because abusers have increased access to their families, the victim is more isolated, and perpetrators can get away with abuse more easily as government, healthcare and support systems break down.
"We do expect that as people are encouraged to self-isolate in their homes, our services will be needed more than ever,” said Executive Director Christie Larson. “If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. If you are able to give back, consider becoming a volunteer crisis line advocate or make a donation to help with the increased need.”