BATAVIA, Ill. – If someone is a victim of domestic violence, state Rep. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, is encouraging them to call the Domestic Violence Hotline to ensure they receive life-saving support during this unprecedented time.
“There are many people staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, which can put people who are living in unsafe conditions in jeopardy,” said Villa. “It is imperative that our communities and state provide those individuals with support if someone in their home is violent towards them.”
Villa is committed to ensuring that survivors of domestic violence receive support and assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who are living with a violent individual can contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-877-TO END DV or 1-877-863-6338 (Voice) for information and support. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, is free and provides support in a variety of languages. Villa encourages anyone who is a victim of domestic violence to call the hotline. In cases of immediate danger, they should contact the police.
“No one should be in fear for their life because of an unsafe living situation,” said Villa. “If you or someone you know are a victim of domestic violence, please contact the appropriate authorities to ensure that person can receive assistance.”
For COVID-19 updates, residents can sign up for Villa’s newsletter by visiting www.facebook.com/StateRepVilla/ or emailing Villa’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her newsletter is in English and Spanish, and is sent on Tuesday and Thursday each week.