Statement by Marsy’s Law for Florida Regarding Abuse Victims and the COVID-19 Outbreak

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 17, 2020

CONTACT:

Jennifer Fennell, CoreMessage

(850) 222-3767, marsyslawfl@coremessage.com

 

“While social distancing is incredibly important as a means to help limit the spread of COVID-19, unfortunately, this period of isolation is often used by abusers to further exert control and power over their victims. Stressful times such as these may lead to an increase in instances of abuse and further compromise the safety of victims.

Marsy’s Law for Florida encourages news outlets to share the following resources and alert victims that help is still available even in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.”

 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY

Click on https://www.thehotline.org/ to chat with someone online

If you’re unable to speak safely, text LOVEIS to 22522

 

Florida Domestic Violence Hotline

Call 1-800-500-1119 or TDD (800) 621-4202

Click on https://www.fcadv.org/local-center-services to find your local domestic violence center

 

Florida Council Against Sexual Violence

Click on https://www.fcasv.org/find-your-local-center to find your local crisis center

 

Florida Department of Children and Families

Florida Abuse Hotline (to report child abuse or neglect)

Call 1-800-962-2873 or TTY: 711 or 1-800-955-8771

Click on https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/Adult/AdultForm.aspx to report abuse online

 

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