Domestic violence victims can still receive help during COVID-19

VICTORIA, Texas—Mid-Coast Family Services says right now some victims might not be able to call in for help. The CEO says they are still serving the community during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“Well serving victims of domestic violence is one of our first services. One of our core services, so we made the commitment that early on to keep the shelter open. So that we would have our staff answering the hotline 24/7 like we always do,” said Ginny Stafford, CEO Mid-Coast Family Services.

Mid-Coast Family Services doors are open. They have seen a decrease in calls during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Meanwhile, staff members are trying to take additional steps to keep everyone safe.

“Usually we will open our doors to let just about everybody in as long as we have space but we want to make sure the person is in immediate danger and they are our priority. We’ll do a very, very, short medical questionnaire just to make sure they haven’t been in a household where COVID-19 has been present,” said Stafford.

Stafford, says this protocol is to make sure everyone remains healthy. However, victims can stay at the faculty for up to 60 days.

“We’re not ever just going to put anyone out in 60 days. We’re going to start working with you, on what your next steps are going to be. We can help with rent, we do that a lot with our people who exit. We have a few apartments we place people in as well,” said Stafford.

If you’re afraid to call because your partner is next to you, please feel free to text them at 361.433-1587. The Hotline Numbers (answered 24/7): 361.573-HELP (4357).