City Reminds Community Members About Resources for People Who May be Experiencing Domestic Violence While Following ‘Safer at Home’ Orders
The City of West Hollywood understands that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for everyone. While California is under Safer at Home orders, people may be experiencing high levels of anxiety and stress, and community members may also be experiencing domestic violence.
Partner abuse is never okay. There are people standing by to help, especially during this health crisis:
- If you can do so safely, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 for 24/7 help in English or Spanish;
- If you can’t call safely, visit www.TheHotline.org to learn how to create a safety plan or get immediate help with the 24/7 “Chat Now” feature;
- The Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Safety Plan Hotline is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day by calling (800) 978-3600;
- The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station is available 24/7 by calling (310) 855-8850; and
- Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.
“It’s important to learn the signs of domestic violence. It’s also really important to know what to do when you see or experience it,” says City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Abuse of a partner or housemate can escalate over a period of time. It can also escalate during times of stress and anxiety -- such as during current ‘Safer At Home’ orders during the coronavirus crisis. If you are witnessing or experiencing domestic violence, please know that you are not alone and there is 24/7 help available.”
In addition to the resources listed above, there are many additional resources and hotlines to respond to the unique needs of specific communities, including:
- Peace Over Violence 24-Hour Hotline: (310) 392-8381;
- Los Angeles LGBT Center’s STOP Domestic Violence Program: (323) 860-5806; and
- Jewish Family Services: (310) 858-9344 (English/Spanish); (818) 464.2864 (Farsi); (310) 858-9344 (Jewish Orthodox).
The City of West Hollywood continues to provide social services and is connecting community members to information and resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please call (323) 848-6510 for more information. There is comprehensive information about the City’s resources in response to the coronavirus emergency at www.weho.org/coronavirus.
The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is advising community members to adhere to Los Angeles County Safer at Home and California State Stay at Home orders, which remain in effect until May 15, 2020. The City urges everyone to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Leave home only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply, are prioritized for health professionals.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, parks, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.
The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.
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For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit websites for:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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