Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Domestic and Partner Violence

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.

Additional Resources

  • Strong Hearts Native Helpline – 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483)
  • 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.