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Domestic Violence Statement

As individuals avoid public spaces and work remotely to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are being required to take classes remotely. We are also being encouraged to work remotely and engage in social distancing.

Yet, the Clayton State community acknowledges that for many families, staying home may not be the safest option. These unusual circumstances may be forcing many of us to stay in the home or in close proximity to an abuser who may take advantage of an already stressful situation to gain more control.

We know that any external factors that add stress and financial strain can negatively impact families and create circumstances where the safety of those in abusive relationships is further compromised.

While people are encouraged to stay at home, you may feel isolated from your friends and family. Even if you are isolated, try to maintain social connections online or over the phone, if it is safe to do so, and try to stick to your daily routines as much as possible.

If you or someone you love are in an unsafe situation, here are a few suggestions for that may make this uncertain time feel a little bit safer:

  1. Create a safety Plan
  2. Practice self-care
  3. Reach out for help

The Clayton State community is here for you. You can always contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 678-466-5406.

Additionally, below is a list of local, state, national, and international resources for domestic violence survivors.

Local Resources

Haven House
Henry County

Rebecca’s Tent

Partnership Against Domestic Violence

Hope Shelter

Women’s Resource Center
Dekalb County

Promise Place
Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Upson Counties

State Resources

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence

National Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Victim Connect Resource Center

International Resources

Pathway to Safety International