Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation, assault, or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. From St. Louis to around the world, it's out of control and COVID-19 hasn't helped. In the U.S. alone:
- Over 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually
- 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence each year
- Over 20,000 calls are placed to domestic violence hotlines daily
To slow virus spread, we've all stayed home more in 2020 than ever before. Domestic violence survivors living at home with abusers face added challenges: abuse may escalate due to heightened anxiety and seclusion, and helpful services like ALIVE's may be harder to access due to limited privacy.
COVID-19 has overwhelmed our clients with new problems complicating their already volatile situations. Job loss and economic strains, health concerns, and legal disruptions are all common. Survivors with children may experience the added pressures of homeschooling, childcare difficulties, or supporting children dealing with COVID-related anxiety. Stress from the onslaught of these challenges further complicates the ability to do the difficult work of building safe futures.
Now more than ever, ALIVE needs your help. Please consider making a donation to help us continue in our mission to provide counseling, emergency sanctuary, and other critical services to adults and children impacted by domestic abuse, as well as to increase awareness in order to create a supportive community.
Your donation will help fund one of ALIVE's crucial programs. Here's what they achieved in the 2019/20 fiscal year:
Crisis Line - Our 24-hr crisis line, staffed by ALIVE personnel and trained volunteers, answered 16,444 crisis calls.
Nights of Safety - ALIVE's unique emergency shelter, using confidentially located motels, provided 576 domestic violence survivors and their 618 children with 6,666 Nights of Safety when other options were unavailable. ALIVE offers transportation, food, and supplies during client stays.
Adult Counseling - Therapists provided 4,591 hours of individual counseling to 442 survivors, helping them heal and formulate plans for safe, healthy living.
Children's Treatment Program - Through the only area non-residential program specializing in treating child witnesses to domestic abuse, ALIVE provided 1,357 therapy hours to 147 children.
Court Advocacy - ALIVE assisted 438 clients with court actions, including Orders of Protection and other domestic abuse-related issues.
Training and Educational Outreach - ALIVE participated in over 100 outreach events, providing information to 4,425 medical professionals, students, police officers, businesspeople, and community members.
YOU CAN HELP! Please consider making a gift to ALIVE today. Your donation is tax-deductible, and those totaling $100 or greater annually are eligible for Missouri Domestic Violence Shelter Tax Credits.