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Posted on: April 3, 2020

City of Xenia Victim Advocate Office remains open to help those in need

As we continue to follow Ohio’s ‘Stay at Home’ order, the City of Xenia Victim Advocate Division wants domestic violence victims to know they are still available to help 24 hours a day. Anyone who needs help can call their office at (937) 376-7283.

While staying at home right now during the COVID-19 crisis is the safest way to stop the spread of the virus, home may not be the safest place for victims of domestic violence.  Here are some safety suggestions if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence:

  • Think about your risk, physically, financially, legally, socially, psychologically, and other risks.
    Make a plan for if things get bad. Try to keep cell phone charged and on at your person at all times. Think of people you can rely on that can help if you get in trouble. Make a code word with trusted friends/family that you could text or say if you are in danger and need help, if they get code word, they should call police or follow what plan you have made with them.
  • Think about how to get out safely, what doors, windows, elevators, stairwells, fire escapes could you use?
  • Think about keeping your purse, keys, phone ready and put them in a secure place in order to leave quickly.
  • Rehearse your escape plan and practice with your kids.
  • Avoid rooms without easy escape or where weapons could be easily accessible (kitchens have access to knives, bathrooms are dangerous bc of risk of hitting your head on sink or tub), Mentally plan how you can escape from every room in your house if you got in trouble.
  • Teach kids how to call 911.
  • Reach out for help at a safe time; call our office to do more extensive safety planning or to get resources.

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