Confidential free help

Published: 4/21/2020 9:04:20 AM

Thank you for sharing the letter from Mary Carey about the increased risk for domestic violence under the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. In addition to the critical support provided by NELCWIT, I am writing to let your readers know of another domestic violence resource in Franklin County: The Salasin Project also supports women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.

Currently, Salasin staff are available by phone to listen, provide individual and family advocacy and safety planning. The Salasin Project also recognizes the connection between violence and addiction and has the flexibility to provide ongoing support to community members on their journeys of healing and recovery.

Staff use a peer model that focuses on strengths and empowerment. Connecting participants to housing, food, recovery and other community building resources is an important part of Salasin’s work. In circumstances when there is not a “stay-at-home” order Salasin staff provide home visiting and meet participants in community settings. Similarly, Salasin offers healing arts and parenting groups.

During this time when families may feel isolated and many are incredible experiencing economic stress, it is important that community members who are experiencing intimidation, emotional abuse or physical violence from a partner or family member know that confidential, free help is available. Salasin staff are accessible Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 413-774-4307.

Becky Lockwood

Program Director on behalf of the Salasin Project


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