MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Director of the Domestic Violence Program at The Wellspring said that because domestic abuse victims are at greater risk while quarantined, The Wellspring is a refuge for them now more than ever.
The Director of the Domestic Violence Program at The Wellspring said that because domestic abuse victims are at greater risk while quarantined,The Wellspring is a refuge for them now more than ever.
The Wellspring is considered a safe haven to domestic violence victims in Monroe, offering resources such as emergency shelter and legal services.
Director Valerie Bowman said that because many couples are staying at home for extended periods of time, not going to work, and have unstable income, this could add stress to tumultuous relationships. She said that she wants victims to know that The Wellspring is still a resource for them.
“We want people to know that we are out here for them. Don’t stop calling our crisis line. Don’t stop reaching out for help, we want to be here and help you to get you where you need to be so you and your children are safe,” said Bowman.
The Wellspring stopped meeting with victims in person due to the coronavirus on Tuesday, but Bowman said the emergency shelter and crisis line are still operating around the clock. The organization continues to serve victims by providing safety planning, lethality assessment, and legal services.
Bowman said The Wellspring will always prioritize the safety of domestic abuse victims.
“I think the most important thing is to let people know that we’re gonna make it as easy as possible to provide them with those services and that even though we’re not sitting across the table from you, we’re on that phone, we’re still sympathetic, we still want to help you. Empower you to break that cycle and get you to a safe place,” said Bowman.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233.