IMPORTANT CRISIS HOTLINES

Houston Area Women’s Center Domestic Violence Hotline: (24/7, free and confidential)

Hotline: 713-528-2121TTY: 713-528-3625

National Domestic Violence Hotline: (24/7, free and confidential)

1-800-799-7233

#NoCOVIDabuse is a social media and awareness campaign to let survivors know they need not suffer in silence and will have access to temporary hotel lodging and domestic violence services through program partners.

NOTE: Various shelters are taking COVID-19 precautions through social distancing measures and by providing masks and sanitizers. Shelters remain a safe refuge, being in an abusive situation is not.

STAYING SAFE DURING COVID-19: AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO SURVIVORS

Stay at home measures may help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but home may not be the safest place.

The pandemic is causing stress and economic pressures. You may be in greater isolation and danger.

If you are experiencing violence because you are now forced to stay in close proximity with an abusive partner, remember, help is available.

The moment you decide to leave puts you in most danger, so planning your safety in your relationship or prior to leaving can save your life.

CRISIS RESPONSE AND SURVIVOR EMPOWERMENT

You do not have to suffer in silence. Help is available. Domestic violence victims have access to:

  • Shelter and temporary hotel lodging
  • Safety planning
  • Domestic violence services through program partners

PLAN YOUR SAFETY AT HOME

The moment you decide to leave puts you in most danger, so planning
your safety in your relationship or prior to leaving can save your life.

  • If things escalate, stay in a room with quick access to an exit.
  • Keep your phone fully charged.
  • Give your children, friend or family members a 9-1-1 code word.
  • Know where weapons are stored in the house.
  • Take breaks from the house and get outdoors, if possible.
  • Call the 24/7 free and confidential domestic violence hotlines.
  • In an emergency, call or text 911.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES

    • For a printable version of this message in English, CLICK HERE
    • For a printable version in Spanish, CLICK HERE
    • Want to learn about domestic violence and how you can help?  CLICK HERE
    • For a version in Spanish, CLICK HERE
    • Watch and learn about domestic violence in this simple video, CLICK HERE
    • For important referrals and additional resources, CLICK HERE
    • For upcoming virtual opportunities on attending healthy marriage workshops, CLICK HERE

WAYS TO ENGAGE

Take a selfie with this printable #NoCOVIDabuse sign:

Make a video showing your support and share to social media!

Check out these videos made by some of the players from the Houston DASH:

  • Watch Megan Crosson's video HERE
  • Watch Jamia Fields' video HERE
  • Watch Katie Stengel's video HERE

WHAT IS #NoCOVIDabuse?

A bold public initiative to address the spike in domestic violence reports during the COVID-19 public health crisis through a partnership with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, District C Council member Abbie Kamin, the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, and the Houston Area Women’s Center. Together with community leaders, domestic violence organizations, the criminal justice system, law enforcement, and private partners, we are united and committed to ensuring that services and responses remain available and ready to meet the needs of survivors.

SUPPORTING PARTNERS