Hello everyone! We hope you all are managing to stay healthy
and well during these challenging and trying times.
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has reached
out to see how we are doing and how you can help. Your support means the world
to us and we want to thank those of you who have donated supplies or made
New ways to reach an advocate
|As Minnesotans have been encouraged to stay home as much as
possible, CADA advocates are aware that this can create unsafe situations for
victims of relationship violence who may now be isolated with their abusive
partners. CADA advocates expect that victims will face challenges in reaching
out to an advocate, because it will be difficult to find space and privacy to
make a phone call to CADA’s 24-hour crisis line. |
In an effort to make CADA’s services more available to
victims stuck in a home with an abusive partner, CADA has established a web
chat and text line. Those seeking help may now chat with an advocate on CADA’s
website, or text with an advocate. The text line and web chat are staffed as
often as possible, however, an advocate may not always be able to chat. If
someone is in need of an immediate response, they are encouraged to call the
24-hour crisis line.
24-hour crisis line: 1-800-477-0466
Web chat: www.cadamn.org
How you can help!
|Because of COVID-19, we are not accepting donations of goods,
with the exception of the following items:
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfectant wipes
- Disinfectant spray
- $20 Walmart gift cards
One thing you can do to support victims and survivors in a
direct way is to donate $20 Walmart gift cards! We work with many individuals
and families who are struggling to get food and other necessary items. Most of
the communities we serve have a local Walmart and you can help those in need
get through these hard times!
Not everyone is safer at home
|“Safer at home” is a common phrase heard in the midst of the
COVID-19 pandemic. We have all had to adapt to a new kind of world very quickly
by staying at home, working remotely, and schooling and entertaining children
at home. This new way of living comes with challenges, inconveniences, and
barriers, but for most of us these lifestyle changes are ultimately doable.
While social distancing and quarantining are necessary measures to curb the
spread of COVID-19, increased isolation can mean increased risk for victims and
people surviving relationship abuse. People experiencing emotional, physical,
or sexual violence may not be “safer at home.”|
Victims of relationship abuse may experience increased risks
because of isolation measures that were intended to be taken to curb the spread
of COVID-19. Victims have told advocates that their partner will use the threat
of the Coronavirus to discourage them from working or seeing friends or family
with the intent of further isolating them and preventing them from leaving the
relationship during this challenging time. A person who uses abuse in a
relationship may use the virus as a scare tactic to keep their partner away
from children or away from friends or family. Additionally, travel restrictions
can disrupt and delay a survivor’s escape plan.
Many people are experiencing increased stress and anxiety
because of the ramifications of the global pandemic. People who use abuse in
relationships may feel more justified in escalating abusive behaviors and using
this stress as a way to deflect and not take responsibility for their words or
actions. Furthermore, in a time where there is already lots of misinformation
about the pandemic, abusive partners may further manipulate myths and
exaggerate falsehoods to scare and intimidate victims.
Abusive partners may also put victims at risk by withholding
necessary items like disinfectants, hand sanitizer, or soap. Someone who uses
abuse in a relationship might also withhold insurance cards, car keys, or other
things someone needs to access medical resources. Some victims have told
advocates that an abusive partner has threatened to kick them out of the home
if they get sick or that an abusive partner has threatened to infect their
victim with the virus.
People experiencing relationship abuse may face unique
challenges and barriers when seeking help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many
people living with an abusive partner find respite from the danger of their
homes by going to work or visiting friends and family. Staying away from home
as much as possible is one thing many victims and survivors include in their
regular safety plan. However, with social distancing and quarantine measures in
place, this respite has been taken away. CADA advocates are aware that during
this period of social distancing instances of domestic and sexual violence may
increase, while the number of calls advocates receive from victims may
decrease; finding the space and privacy to make a call for help is extremely
challenging when someone is home with their abusive partner day in and day out.
Fear of contracting the virus also prevents victims of relationship abuse from
seeking shelter or health care.
In Minnesota, domestic and sexual violence agencies like
CADA are designated as essential public safety services and remain open. CADA’s
shelter is open and advocacy services are available over the phone or in person
if that is the safest option. If you think that someone you know is
experiencing relationship abuse, be sure to reach out to them often! Letting
someone know that you’re thinking about them and that they’re not alone can be
a huge help. If someone you know is experiencing abuse, you can encourage them
to call a CADA advocate or other emergency services. “Staying home” doesn’t
have to mean staying in an unsafe home!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
and Child Abuse Prevention Month!
|Every April, organizations and individuals around the United States come together to raise awareness about both sexual assault and child abuse.
During these tense and uncertain times, it is expected that instances of child abuse, relationship abuse, and sexual violence will increase. However, it will be more challenging for victims and survivors of these crimes to seek help or report abuse.
This April, you can help the survivors in your life by sharing CADA's social media posts, sharing information about sexual assault and child abuse, and spreading the word that CADA IS HERE FOR YOU!
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Watonwan County: 507-375-3040
CADA's mission is to provide safety and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence through education, advocacy, and shelter.