Domestic Violence Awareness Month

It’s The SYKES Way to help people, one caring interaction at a time. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As we all deal with the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, this year is proving especially difficult for those experiencing domestic violence. This year, we will help raise awareness by sharing information about how the pandemic is impacting survivors and suggestions on how to help someone who is affected by domestic violence.

In today’s environment, people are avoiding public spaces and spending more time at home due to COVID-19. For survivors of domestic violence, this could actually be putting them in a more dangerous situation. Here are a few reasons why today’s climate could uniquely be impacting domestic violence survivors:

Staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Abusive partners may deny survivors necessities, like hand sanitizer or disinfectants.
  • Abusive partners may misrepresent information related to the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or even keep them from getting medical care if they have symptoms.
  • Abusive partners may deny insurance cards or threaten to cancel insurance.
  • Shelters may fill up or stop taking in survivors altogether. Survivors may also be afraid to go to a shelter because of being in close proximity to others.
  • Those who are older or who have heart or lung conditions may put themselves more at risk by going to places like shelters, counseling centers or courthouses.
  • It may not be as safe to execute a safety plan and use public transportation or fly,

If it sounds like any of the above may be happening to you or someone you know, here are a few ways that may help survivors feel safe.

  1. Create a safety plan: A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to stay safe while in a relationship, when planning to leave or after leaving.
  2. Practice self-care: Make sure to take time for your own health and wellness.
  3. Reach out for help: Even if you are isolated at home, try to keep up with social connections online or over the phone. The resources below are also always available to help.

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, please reach out to one of the organizations below to discuss how to safely get help.

24-7 Resources for SYKES Employees & Families           

  • US hotline: 800-272-7255
    Code/Company ID: COM589
  •  Canada hotline: 877-851-0002
    Code/Company ID: SYKESCANADA
  • Online: FAQs, articles and videos at www.GuidanceResources.com

Resources for Anyone          

Show your support by wearing purple on Thursday, October 22. “We are Upstanders Against Domestic Violence” t-shirts are available for purchase on BrandItSYKES.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SYKES Gives Back efforts.

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