During this pandemic, a virus isn’t the only thing that has spread rapidly. Domestic violence hotlines are breaking new records, lighting up both globally and nationally.

On this podcast episode Angie McIlquham, Director of Sexual Assault Victim Services at The Bridge to Hope breaks down the direct correlation between COVID-19 life and these alarming new statistics, explaining why this is “prime time” for an abuser.

Angie also breaks down privilege and asks us all to check ours, seeking to understand how hard it is for a victim of physical or sexual violence to leave an abusive situation and how to engage with a victim in a way that empowers, rather than seeks to control them the same as an abuser would.

If you want to get ahold of Angie or Bridge to Hope contact their non emergency number 715-235-9074 or by calling their 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-924-9918 or text 715-505-3640.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, please don’t hesitate to get help today.

National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522

Available 24/7. Can connect callers with local resources and immediate support. Also available through online chat tool.

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673

Provided by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). Available 24/7. Also available through online chat tool.

Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741

Available 24/7 for victims of abuse and any other type of crisis.

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453

Available 24/7 in 170 different languages.

Office on Women’s Health Helpline 1-800-994-9662

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Abuse: https://www.wcasa.org/

End Abuse WI for Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse: https://www.endabusewi.org/