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Offering Services

DURING COVID-19

In order to prioritize the health and safety of survivors, volunteers and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, Family Advocates is changing the way we currently offer our services.

While social distancing is important during this outbreak, we know that this will be an especially hard time for those who experience domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse or elder abuse. We will do everything we can to continue to provide our services to those that need it.

 

Our 24/7 Confidential Hotline is always available at (800) 924-2624

Our shelter in Platteville is also available via telephone at (608) 348-5995.

Outreach Offices: By Appointment Only

Iowa County:  (608) 778-8714

Lafayette County: (608) 482-0582

 

Teen Support

DURING COVID-19

We would like to invite any teens looking for support to join Family Advocates’ weekly zoom “Teen Support Group.” These groups are intended to support other teens who have experienced/are experiencing sexual violence, domestic abuse (directly or in-home) or child abuse. It is important to note:

 

**You can remain anonymous during zoom meetings by not using the camera feature on your device.

 

TEEN SUPPORT GROUP:

Mondays at Noon - ID: 835 635 379 - Pass: 923801

https://zoom.us/j/835635379?pwd=dFc2bUY2WC9rdWIxK3F0VlhQeVRJdz09

 

Wednesdays at 11AM - ID: 626 468 183 Pass: 868087

https://zoom.us/j/626468183?pwd=Ry8xcGc4ZUl5djFOL3BIdExTaTZ0Zz09

Take Care

of You

DURING COVID-19

Take care of yourself.  Follow the recommendations.  Do what you need to do for your own mental health to get through this time.  

 

Blare the music.  Scream out loud.  Allow yourself to feel emotions as they arise.  Cry.  Smile.  Laugh.  Reach out to friends – we have this wonderful technology to still “see” each other and to connect like never before...

Keep Your

child Safe

DURING COVID-19

The FBI warns there is a potential for increased risk of Child Exploitation while your children are exposed to more online activity because of school closures.

Recommendations

Parents and guardians can take the following measures to help educate and prevent children from becoming victims of child predators and sexual exploitation during this time of national emergency:

Online Child Exploitation

  • Discuss internet safety with children of all ages participating in online activity.

  • Review and approve games and apps before they are downloaded.

  • Make sure privacy settings are set to the strictest level possible for online gaming systems and electronic devices.

  • Check your children’s profiles and what they post online.

  • Explain to your children that images posted online will be permanently on the Internet.

Child Abuse Awareness

  • Teach your children about body safety and boundaries.

  • Encourage your children to have open communication with you.

  • Children experiencing hands-on abuse may exhibit withdrawn behavior, angry outbursts, anxiety, depression, not wanting to be left alone with a specific individual, non-age appropriate sexual knowledge, and an increase in nightmares.

Our 24/7 Confidential Hotline is always available at (800) 924-2624

"Safer?" at home

DURING COVID-19

Given recent events with a global pandemic, I have been seeing cabin fever posts of friends on Facebook and chatter about quality family time, crafting, and healthy activities outdoors.  However, I work at Family Advocates, so when I hear “Safe at Home” my thoughts turn to those who might not be “Safe” in their home. Those that are not ready or able to leave an abusive relationship.

I have included in this blog post a Safety Plan for individuals who may not be feeling so safe at home.  Even if you do not fill it out in its entirety, it will give you some food for thought and things to consider in keeping yourself and your children safe in your home.

Where is your safe place if you decide to leave?  Do you have an emergency bag packed for you and your children (a comfort

toy/blanket)?  Do you have an extra set of keys, documents in another location with a friend in case you need to leave immediately? Do you know the name and address of your local shelter or the national hotline?

 

Please remember, if you decide to reach out to Family Advocates, that does not mean you have to report to police or decide to leave your abuser, we are here to support your decisions and help keep you safe.
 

Our 24/7 Confidential Hotline is always available at (800) 924-2624

Our shelter in Platteville is also available via telephone at (608) 348-5995.

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