Response to the COVID-19 virus has forced everyone to live life differently.
The way we interact with each other has moved from the fluidity of in-person office meetings, school pick-up lines, afterschool activities, work-outs at the gym, conversations at coffee shops, farmers markets, libraries and parks to online communications or stilted conversations from six feet away behind masks.
All of this to address this ongoing public health crisis.
For people experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence, child abuse, or human trafficking, their crisis just got more complicated and HAVEN is still here to support them through it.
When the stay-at-home-order means having no respite from being with your abuser, we are here.
When sheltering in place means finding shelter from the verbal, psychological and physical abuse, we are here.
When the victim of a sexual assault goes to the hospital for care and a forensic medical exam, we can still be there on the phone with them through every minute they are in the emergency room and follow up with them the next day.
When the courts are closed and a victim needs to get an emergency restraining order, we can navigate that system with them.
When getting safe means getting out, we are still here providing emergency shelter to those in imminent danger.
When teachers who are now only seeing their students on zoom calls or on the telephone are concerned about the safety of those children they once saw every day in person, we are here.
When law enforcement are responding to the increasing domestic violence calls and need advocates to assist with victims, we are here.
HAVEN’s trained confidential advocates are available 24/7 on our hotline (603)994-SAFE (7233).
You can connect to our confidential, online chat service Mon.-Fri 9am-4pm, by visiting www.resourceconnect.com/hnh/chat
or go to the HAVEN website https://havennh.org and click the Chat Now button.
Even in isolation, we are here for you.