PANDEMIC RESOURCES FOR WOMEN AND COMMUNITY
We know health, economic, and natural crises can add to the pressures and inequities facing victims of domestic violence 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 (COVID-19).
As the virus spreads globally, it appears women are bearing the brunt of the social and economic disruption. The vast majority of nurses, flight attendants, teachers, and service industry workers are female, and their jobs put them on the front lines of the outbreak. At home, women still do more caretaking, so when the virus closes schools, restricts travel, and puts aged relatives at risk, they have more to do. The challenge of this emergency puts additional strain on existing inequalities.
Women 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 victims of domestic violence, as well as friends and family, have the tools they need to respond in ways that are safe and supportive.
RESOURCES & INFORMATION FOR WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN
- Remember that you are not alone.
- Call or text Gillian’s Place 24/7 crisis support line at 905-684-8331 (collect calls accepted)
- For francophone service, call Centre de Sante: 1-877-336-2433
- Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
- Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
- First Nations & Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-246-3310
- Senior Safety Line 1-866-299-1011
- Review options for safety planning.
- Consider identifying or reaching out to a friend, co-worker, or family member who could check in with you about your safety and support needs, should you need to quarantine at home.
- Your health and wellness are important. Follow the Niagara Region Public Health recommendations for preventive care that are safe and possible in your circumstances and consider these additional resources
RESOURCES FOR OUR COMMUNITY
Social distancing may not always be safe for people who are surviving violence in their intimate relationships. 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 if they don’t feel safe at home. The following resources and articles may be useful information for community care and support: