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Blog | Monthly Archives: April 2020

Lena’s Story

For Lena, leaving home was difficult but she was proud of making the choice to remove herself and her children from an unhealthy environment. The opportunity to build a healthy and loving home brought her hope. 

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When Home Isn’t Safe

We review the impacts of witnessing domestic violence, identify how children’s support systems have changed as a result of COVID-19, and brainstorm ways to reach out to children in crisis.

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Collective Trauma of COVID-19

Collective trauma is a result of our brains switching to survival mode, also known as the “fight or flight” response and getting “stuck” there. While this response is helpful for short-term emergencies, it is not as effective for longer duration emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Financial Abuse During COVID-19

Survivors often have specific needs around safety, health and confidentiality, and are likely to become more vulnerable to economic insecurity when faced with an additional challenge like COVID-19.

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Do You Know What Financial Abuse Looks Like?

Many are left pondering when asked about financial abuse. What is it? Who is affected by it? Is it really a big deal?

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Your Voice Matters!

The 2020 Census is currently ongoing, and Safe+Sound Somerset is partnering with the US Census Bureau to make sure that everyone in our community is counted.

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Managing Grief and Loss During COVID-19

During the coronavirus pandemic, many are experiencing the pain of losing loved ones, even as the ways we typically comfort one another and gather when someone passes has changed.

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Custody Arrangements and Post-Separation Abuse During COVID-19

Shared custody may create additional challenges to social distancing and keeping their loved ones safe during the pandemic. Taking steps to safety plan according to your restraining order and ensuring that the guidelines in the order are followed is critical.

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Letter from Michele E. Boronkas, Executive Director

Michele Boronkas, Executive Director addresses the Safe+Sound Somerset community during the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic.

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Measuring Volunteer Impact (Is this even possible?)

In 2019, 203 individuals provided a total of 8,991 hours of their time – valued at $228,641 – to empower survivors of domestic abuse and engage the community to end violence once and for all. In addition, our DVRT volunteers provided 15,567 on-call hours.

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