CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Help for domestic-violence victims

This morning, we published the Seattle Police report about a woman beaten in West Seattle and the arrest of her boyfriend. The SPD information included a mention that domestic violence calls are up 21 percent in the past month citywide. Following up on that, here’s a message from SPD’s Victim Support Team:

1) Home is not safe for everyone. While national and local leaders have encouraged us to stay home to stop the spread of the pandemic, we also know that staying home may not be safe for many adults and children experiencing domestic violence. Community resources may be harder to access, and existing anxiety and fear will be compounded by this new global crisis.

2) Domestic violence thrives behind closed doors. Social distancing can magnify the feelings of isolation that domestic violence survivors may already be experiencing. This is an important time to encourage friends, family and neighbors to reach out and support each other in new and creative ways. Reaching out to let someone know they are not alone, can be incredibly helpful to break isolation.

3) Help is available. The Seattle Police Department is working alongside local community and national partners to ensure victims have access to the support they need to keep their families safe. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence in your relationship, please call the The National Domestic Violence Hotline, (24 hours everyday), 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TTY).

4) Call if you can, text if you can’t. When attempting to call 911, an already dangerous situation can intensify if an abusive partner tries to interfere with the call, or the violence escalates.  The King County Text-to-911 technology offers survivors of domestic violence an added resource when they are unable to call for help.  People who use this service must remember to text their exact location and type of assistance they need in their first message, so the call taker can begin to dispatch law enforcement response immediately.

2 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Help for domestic-violence victims"

  • Eilene April 3, 2020 (9:29 am)

    I think it is a great community service to include this type information now. Have seen news reports that DV has increased with the encouragement to stay at home during COVID-19 outbreak. You also include suicide precaution advice whenever you report on a local suicide. Just 2 examples of how you attempt to keep people safe, build a community, not just report the news.

  • Mj April 3, 2020 (7:32 pm)

    This certainly a challenging stressful time.  Add to this a partner that is now stuck at home because they are not allowed to work is like adding gas to a fire.  It’s good there are some fire hoses available to help douse the flames created due to the unprecedented times.

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