CHICAGO – To support victims and survivors of gender-based violence, state Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, D-Chicago, is amplifying state and national domestic violence hotlines during the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) outbreak.

“While social distancing is critical for containing the spread of COVID-19, I recognize that staying home may pose a serious danger for victims and survivors of domestic violence,” said LaPointe. “Given this elevated risk of harm, it’s critical that we provide additional empathy, compassion and support to victims and survivors. That is why I want to raise awareness of these state and national domestic violence hotlines. If residents feel safe to do so, they can also make a call on someone else’s behalf, and if need be, call 911.”

If you or someone you know is in need of help, the following free resources are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week and include confidential support, multilingual advocates, and victim-centered services:

• The Center for Prevention of Abuse at 800-559-SAFE (800-559-7233)
• The Illinois Domestic Violence Help Line at 877-TO END DV (877-863-6338)
• The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233) or with online chat service at
• The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866-331-9474, by texting loveis to 25222, or with online chat service at
• The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673) or with online chat service at

“No matter the circumstances, everyone is deserving of a loving and safe enviornment to call home,” LaPointe said. “Above all else, please know that we are here for you, you matter and you are not alone.”

Residents can stay informed on developments with the COVID-19 pandemic by reviewing information provided on the State of Illinois’ exclusive website Residents who want to share their thoughts or require assistance on this matter or any other issue in the community can reach LaPointe at 773-647-1174 or by email at

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