GROVE - For many victims of domestic violence, the outside world is safer than the home they live in. Uncertainty and rising tensions associated with the COVID-19 can escalate already existing violence and leave victims and their children vulnerable in their home. Leaving can be even more difficult since many Americans are now required to quarantine or work from home. This means the abuser may constantly be in the house with the victim. With social distancing being encouraged, there may not be anyone to notice the signs of something wrong.

Community Crisis Center (CCC) is continuing to provide advocacy and shelter services.

CCC's 24/7 hotline can provide safety planning with victims that can't leave to meet with an advocate. A safety plan can help minimize the risk from the abuser and help the victim make a plan for cases where they no longer feel like they can stay safe in their home. The center is also now offering an online chat option where victims can chat with an advocate Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. This chat service is accessible at:

CCC is also working with counselors who are willing to provide TeleHealth sessions to their clients during this difficult time.

CCC asks that if you or anyone you know needs help, call the 24/7 hotline at 1-800-400-0883. Services are free, confidential, and advocates are standing by. CCC is still here and committed to continuing services for those who need them most.

Community Crisis Center is in need of local donations to help support operations at this time as well as in-kind donations of single serve and microwaveable food options, snacks, drinks, paper ware, and baby wipes. Donors can arrange a drop off time by calling 918-540-2432.