Beatriz Arakawa (Lower Elwha Family Advocacy) can be reached at 360.460.1745 or 360.775.346
Given that staying at home is a critical preventative action individuals and families are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, compounded by heightened stress and financial uncertainty, there are concerns that there may be surges of domestic and partner violence. Although domestic violence is always a concern that needs to be address, there is a greater need now more than ever to prevent it. Our communities need to focus time, energy, and resources to beat COVID-19, and it is up to us to assure that we maintain a healthy and safe home environment for the ones we love.
Tips for Taking Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones
- Reach out to a trusted friend or family member, if it is safe to do so. Share with them how you feel and discuss your concerns.
- Get enough sleep (at least 8 hours).
- Eat a balanced, nutritious diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- If it is safe and permissible, take a walk outside to help clear your head and ease stress.
- Make time for activities that you enjoy and put you at ease, such as games, hobbies or cultural activities.
- Engage in prayer and spiritual activities.
- Create time for both group activities and individual, quiet time.
- If you feel that you need to leave your home to assure the safety of yourself and/or family members, then take extra time to put a plan in place. If it is safe to do so, contact a family member, friend, violence shelter or hotel in advance to explore your options for a safe place to stay. Many shelters have altered their policies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Strong Hearts Native Helpline – 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483)
- Provides culturally-appropriate support on domestic violence and dating violence. Available every day from 7 AM to 10 PM Central Time.
- Maintains list of local supportive organizations: https://www.strongheartshelpline.org/resourcessupportive-organizations/
- National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center: https://www.niwrc.org/
- Supports programs and resources dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.