HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – During the pandemic, agencies that work with those impacted by domestic violence have received an increase in calls for help.
These agencies told 22News much of it comes from victims being potentially isolated with their abusers and cut off from their support system.
On Thursday, Governor Baker signed a proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the state. In Holyoke, Womanshelter/Compañeras is providing virtual support groups and individual sessions on top of their other resources.
Carmen Nieves, Executive Director of Womanshelter/Compañeras, said that the online sessions are still helping those victims of domestic violence.
“During the pandemic, we are all continuing to provided services for men, women and children that are experiencing domestic violence,” Nieves said. “We do that through assisting, getting restraining orders through our court system. We do that with offering shelter at our confidential shelters.”
Carmen told 22News a lot of people have reached out to the shelter during the pandemic. She says if you need help call their 24/7 hotline at 1-877-536-1628.
Womanshelter/Compañeras is having a free weekly speaker series every Thursday on their website.