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Updates & Information on COVID-19

As Michigan has declared a state of emergency, the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing is still working to address the safety, health, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

We know health, economic, and natural crises can add to the pressures and inequities facing survivors and others who are already more vulnerable to economic and health insecurity. People who are surviving violence in their relationships and families may be experiencing increased isolation and danger due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Survivors may have specific needs around safety and health, and it is crucial to take those needs into consideration. It is also important to share accurate information and resources with your community to make sure that friends + family, survivors and service providers have the tools they need to respond in ways that are safe and supportive for survivors.

We recognize that many of the strategies discussed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as self-quarantine and social distancing, may be dangerous for survivors and their families.  Additionally, fleeing unsafe situations may become more complicated and remaining in close proximity to abusive partners more dangerous. Domestic violence organizations are often working in difficult situations and responding to crisis; we are working to make sure that we can continue to provide counseling services, including support and safety planning, while following best practices in healthcare.

Resources and Information for Survivors:

  • Remember that you are not alone and there are supports available to you at all times, including this health crisis.
    • The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides free confidential, around-the-clock information and referrals for survivors. To contact the Victim Hotline, dial 1-800-799-7233 or through online chat.
    • The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.
    • The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT: 877-330-6366. This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.

Resources for Communities:

Social distancing may not always be safe for people who are surviving violence in their relationships or in their families. Our response to this virus must include taking care of each other and reaching out to make sure that loved ones, friends, and colleagues have the care and support they need and if they feel safe at home. The following resources and articles may be useful for communities:

Remember to visit the following websites regularly for updates: