Ann Davis Transition Society is raising awareness of how domestic violence is impacting B.C. women and children in the age of COVID-19 during B.C.’s Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, April 12 to April 18.
“At Ann Davis Society we take our role as an advocate for women, children and families very seriously as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19,” stated Patti MacAhonic, ADTS executive director.
“When you add variables such as gender, race and socio-economic backgrounds this impacts how this pandemic is experienced.”
Crisis can exacerbate inequalities and lead to more incidents of violence against women and children.
“Unfortunately statistics show that with financial strain, stress of job loss and being shut in are factors,” MacAhonic said.
More calls are being made by children concerned about the safety of their mothers. The average age of a child caller is 12.
“Ann Davis Transition Society has seen many changes in our 40 years, and even though the future feels unclear right now, we will continue to serve women, children and families as we always have, with care and compassion to meet their needs and to keep them safe from violence.”
ADTS has suspended some of its services and added new ones to help staff and clients cope with the COVID-19 situation. Two of the new services include one-on-one counselling for women struggling with stress over the virus, and emergency counselling for youth 15 to 30. Call 604-792-2760 to get connected to support.
“Everyone is invited to express their commitment to reducing and preventing violence against women and children in the community by supporting our good work to help the most vulnerable women and children in our community be safe.”
ADTS is starting a campaign of 20+ 20 in its 40th year of service to the community of Chilliwack and beyond. They are asking that supporters send donations of $20, $40, $200 or $400 through the link at www.anndavis.org or send a cheque to 9046 Young Rd., Chilliwack, B.C., V2P 4R6.
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