Stay-at-home order spurs worries for victims of domestic abuse

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While people worldwide are staying home to avoid the coronavirus, there are worries that some will be left with nowhere to go and threats within their home.

Janmarie Brown of Hope's Door, a group that empowers victims of domestic abuse, says a stay-at-home order could be dangerous for those living with their abuser.

"This is definitely a time that an abuser will take advantage of the situation at hand, limiting sanitizer, limiting ability to (get) food," says Brown.

Her advice to those who feel trapped is to have a family friend, neighbor or co-worker who's aware of the situation and can check in with that person.

CarlLa Horton, the executive director of Hope's Door, says those who feel worried should always have their phones ready and know there are places to go if need be.

"People can always call our hotline, and even if our shelter is full and not available, we do our best to link you up with something that could be helpful," says Horton.

Hope's Door's hotline can be reached at 888-438-8700.

 

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