If you need help during COVID 19...
As millions of people stay home to contain the spread of COVID-19,advocates for domestic violence survivors worry the number of people in need of help could grow. Experts say guidelines like social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and stress from the pandemic put a survivor at greater risk of their abuser.
Every year, more than 10 million Americans experience domestic violence. Already, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is getting reports of abusers using the coronavirus as an opportunity to harm domestic partners. Some survivors are not going to shelters or the hospital when needed out of fear of getting the virus. Others are leaving shelters altogether for the same reason.
To help, some organizations are offering remote services like counseling and recommend survivors create a safety plan, practice self-care, and reach out for help.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-799-7233. If you're unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
Message From Michael
There are so many of us who are truly fortunate in so many ways. And there are many of us who believe that giving something back and helping people less fortunate than ourselves is simply the right thing to do. I was a New Haven city kid. It took me 20 years to catch my break. The Michael Bolton Charities serves as an instrument of compassion to give those less fortunate – those children and women who deserve a chance for a better life.
We support organizations that emphasize teaching children and women a way to escape, on their own, the patterns and consequences of abuse, poverty and ignorance. We reach out to support groups whose programs provide a path to a safe future. For over two decades, dedicated donors, volunteers and professionals have changed lives and saved lives. The needs across our communities remain, and we remain committed – with your help – to go the distance.
Beyond Trauma: Youth Music Therapy is our ground-breaking program, providing a lifeline to high risk New Haven youth who have experienced domestic violence and significant trauma.
The Andie Koplik Residency is at the heart of the program, which is exceeding expectations as young people realize they can transform their emotional state.
For the first time in their lives, they are believing.