ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – As quarantines and ‘stay at home’ orders necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic can be particularly challenging for abuse survivors, state Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, is raising awareness of resources for those living in unsafe homes such as the Illinois Domestic Violence Helpline.
“Anyone living with an unsafe partner should know that, while Illinois is fully-engaged battling the spread of COVID-19, regular services are still available to help,” Halpin said. “Any person who feels they might be facing danger in their own home can still reach out to the Illinois Domestic Violence Helpline for assistance.”
Halpin is encouraging anyone living in a potentially hazardous home to contact professionals that are available to help. COVID-19-related distancing procedures have closed many public places and the added stress of isolation can aggravate preexisting problems. For anyone feeling unsafe, the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline is 877-863-6338. Those in immediate danger should call the police.
“The safety of everyone in this community is a priority for me,” Halpin said. “During a time when a new concern like COVID-19 is capturing everyone’s attention, we cannot forget to care for people dealing with other serious dangers. I urge everyone in danger of domestic violence to stay safe and use the resources available to them.”