Public support for the Center's fundraising activities in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic has been exceptional, raising thousands of dollars and collected much-needed supplies to sustain families, donating to Artemis House and Trauma and Hope.
Thank you to those who have so generously provided resources.
Message from the Board
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we seek refuge in the safety of our homes. But not every woman, man, or child is safe. Being on lock down, having fewer choices, such as when you can leave the house, unemployment, and financial hardship compounded with the anxiety of the pandemic, increase the risk of domestic and partner violence. Research shows that intensified parental stress is often a significant predictor of physical abuse and neglect of children, making the youngest among us especially vulnerable to abuse. Extended family, childcare, schools, religious groups, and other community organizations traditionally providing resources which at-risk families rely on are experiencing difficulties keeping up with needs and/or services may no longer be available.
Our message is three-fold:
Give whenever and wherever you can.
If you know of a loved one, friend, or neighbor who is living in a violent household, please check-in with them as often as possible, of course following social distancing guidelines.
Our website contains a wealth of local and national resources – from Shelter House located in Northern Virginia to national initiatives such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline; feel free to integrate what you need.
The presence of COVID-19 has brought to light the challenges faced by millions of men, women, and children. Take this opportunity to protect those less fortunate. Protect yourself and stay safe. Indeed, this too shall pass, and when it does, may we all be stronger, better informed, and healthy.
Jaleh Moslehi, P.E.
At a time when the mass media here and in other parts of the world desires women to focus on individual improvements to feel empowered, our goals are to work collectively to improve women's conditions beyond the physical and individual imprint, with a specific focus on the prevention of domestic violence and human trafficking.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1.888.373.7888 or BeFree Textline: 233733
Text "HELP" OR "INFO"
MAKE THE CALL 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: 703.360.7273
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233