COVID-19 & Survivor Safety

 



As you are already aware, many Portland organizations and businesses have begun to temporarily close their doors to help dampen the spread of COVID-19. At this time, Bradley Angle will continue to remain open and operating to serve survivors who may be negatively impacted by COVID-19, but we need your help! Abuse is about power and control. When survivors are forced to stay in the home or in close proximity to their abuser, abusers may take advantage of an already stressful situation to gain more control. Bradley Angle is dedicated to providing safety and assistance to every survivor and we know that during this uncertain time our help is needed more than ever.

How COVID-19 can negatively impact survivors:

  • Abusive partners may withhold necessary items, such as hand sanitizer, disinfectants, and medicine.
  • Abusive partners may share misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or to prevent them from seeking appropriate medical attention if they have symptoms.
  • Abusive partners may withhold insurance cards, threaten to cancel insurance, or prevent survivors from seeking medical attention.
  • Programs that serve survivors may be significantly impacted. Shelters may be full or may even stop intakes altogether. Survivors may also fear entering shelter because of being in close quarters with groups of people.
  • Travel restrictions may impact a survivor’s escape or safety plan – it may not be safe for them to use public transportation or to fly.

In order to successfully continue to aid survivors during the COVID-19 epidemic we need the help of our community. If you are able, please consider making a monetary donation to Bradley Angle. Gifts of any amount will greatly assist both staff and survivors and allow us to continue to provide necessary services.

We are taking the nature of COVID-19, the social atmosphere, and physical safety precautions around this very seriously.  Our team is currently working to develop the most informed configuration of service delivery for our survivors during this time. As a supporter of Bradley Angle and the work of our Advocates and Coordinators, I will be maintaining my focus on keeping our staff employed and not causing more undue stress on our human resources. Please consider that while many people are being asked to stay home and travel outdoors less for safety for some, some are not all. The individuals we serve at Bradley Angle often find that remaining home can can cause increased level of stress, and for many households, they can experience an increase in domestic violence.  In an instance where our participants might be second guessing their own journeys to seek freedom and liberation in such a time of instability, our Advocates are only a phone call away to provide reassurance and individualized care.

Bri Condon, MA
Executive Director

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