Domestic Violence Resources: You Are Not Alone
As our caregivers, communities and neighbors band together to fight the spread of COVID-19, others are fighting a different silent battle behind closed doors: domestic violence. With stay-at-home orders now in effect for many of our regions, reports suggest domestic violence is rising. Staying home due to COVID-19 may be unsafe for people experiencing abuse; victims locked down with abusers are prone to continued violence and unable to reach out easily for help.
Across our Providence family of organizations, we want all caregivers to feel supported and safe – especially those who may be dealing with an unhealthy home environment. If you or a loved one is suffering domestic violence, or if you suspect a team member or colleague is dealing with this issue, here are resources to turn to:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Highly-trained hotline advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. Here is information about staying safe during COVID-19.
Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can chat online at thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
Caregiver Assistance Program
You have access to our Caregiver Assistance Program, powered by Optum. Follow these steps to access domestic violence resources:
- Visit Optum’s website
- Scroll down and select “browse as a guest with a company access code” (use access code: choosewell)
- Select “Crisis Support” in the top navigation
- Click “Abuse”
- Scroll to “Domestic Violence”
Here you’ll find a number of links to guides, articles and organizations that can support you.
State and county resources
You can also turn to state and county resources in your community. Here are some additional resources for caregivers in our many service areas:
Please reach out if you have an unsafe living situation – you are not alone.
And if you suspect a colleague or team member is hurting and vulnerable, please offer compassion and assistance. We are here to care for each other.