CHICAGO – To support victims and survivors of domestic violence, state Rep. Kam Buckner, D-Chicago, is promoting state and national domestic violence hotlines during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
“Although social distancing efforts are essential to controlling the spread of COVID-19, it’s a devastating reality that home may pose a threat for victims and survivors of domestic violence,” said Buckner. “In light of this heightened risk of harm, it’s imperative 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.”
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 www.thehotline.org
- The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866-331-9474, by texting loveis to 25222, or with online chat service at www.loveisrespect.org
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673) or with online chat service at www.hotline.rainn.org
“No matter their lived experiences, every human being is deserving of a loving and safe environment to call home,” Buckner said. “For those who are hurting right now, please know that we see you, your humanity matters and you are not alone.”
Residents can also stay informed on developments with the COVID-19 pandemic by reviewing information provided on the State of Illinois’ exclusive website at www.coronavirus.illinois.gov. Residents who want to share their thoughts or require assistance on this matter or any other issue in the community can reach Buckner at 773-924-1755 or by email at Buckner@Illinois26.com.