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Domestic violence shelters are still open and ready to help

Posted at 6:51 PM, Apr 03, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Nest in Lexington offers a safe place for education and counseling to children and families in crisis.

While we are being "healthy at home," activists at The Nest want to remind people who are in an abusive situation that there resources are still available.

Normally, some women in an abusive relationship seek refuge in being able to leave the house to be able to go to work or school. But now, because of the coronavirus, some of these options aren't available.

"I think that's why it's important to have a safety plan in place for you, now that you can't do that. What are your options? What can you be doing? What should you be doing?" Director of Community Engagement Sheri Estill said.

Even though the coronavirus has impacted how The Nest operates on a daily basis, the activists want people to know they are still open and ready to help.

"If they can find a safe place or be available to call us, our counselors are readily available to go through a safety plan with an individual, so they can at least have options," Estill said.

On average, there are 7-14 incidents before a woman will leave an abusive relationship. If you know someone who is an unsafe situation, The Nest says to call them.

"Someone will return your call within 24 hours and we can at least advise you, or you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline number. They will be able to help guide you through the process," Estill said.

The Nest can be reached at 859- 259-1974. The National Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-800-799-7233.