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All people deserve to be safe in their homes and in their communities — even while sheltering-in-place

Women and child imageIdaho’s communities are experiencing intensified stresses and new traumas as our country and the entire world work to contain COVID-19 and save lives. With more and more people experiencing unemployment, food and housing insecurities — risks for domestic and sexual violence are likely to be on the rise. For people living in a home where violence or abuse occur, sheltering-in-place can increase exposure with the person engaging in harmful behaviors and can limit social interaction and the ability to seek help in typical ways.

It is our collective responsibility to come together to protect the lives of those around us by limiting the spread of this disease and by interrupting violence in our homes and communities. We can do both.

Idaho’s community and tribal domestic and sexual violence organizations are meeting this moment of uncertainty with community connection, care and the ongoing provision of essential services — emergency housing, safety planning, and support.

If you or anyone you know is being harmed, please reach out for help