Released: 4/7/2020 12:35:21 PM
Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for many domestic abuse survivors, staying home may not be the safest option. We've compiled a list of national and local resources if you or someone you know is experiencing abuse of any kind and needs support. See below:
National Domestic Abuse Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Services Available: Advocates are available 24/7. All calls are free and confidential. If you are unable to speak safely, an online chat function is available at www.thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
Domestic Violence Hotline Response for Erie County
Phone: (716) 862-HELP (4357) or (716) 884-6000 if you're in need of shelter; those who are deaf or hearing-impaired, dial 711.
Services Available: Advocates are available 24/7. All calls are free and confidential.
Phone: (716) 884-6000
Services Available: Domestic violence shelter is still fully operational and accepting new clients. All domestic violence counseling and advocacy are available remotely. Groups currently canceled.
Family Justice Center
Phone: (716) 558-7233
Services Available: Closed for in-person services, but advocates are available via phone. Chatbox available via website Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Phone: (716) 834-3131
Services Available: 24/7 hospital response for victims of domestic and sexual violence currently still available but is being offered remotely. Advocacy services are available remotely. Sexual assault therapy available remotely and still accepting new clients.
International Institute of Buffalo
Phone: (716) 222-3890
Services Available: All advocacy services are available remotely. New number provided above to reach out for advocacy services.