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COVID- 19 Response

During this time of uncertainty around the spread of COVID-19, we are committed to providing safe shelter and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence with minimal disruptions.

The Violence Prevention Center is staying up-to-day with information from local Health Departments, the State, and the Center for Disease Control.  We will continue to take steps to best prioritize the needs of survivors while following the recommendations of public officials related to preventing the spread of COVID-19

For the safety and well-being of the survivors we serve, our volunteers, and staff the following changes have been implemented:

  • Our 24-hour Crisis Hotline is available.  Speak to a trained professional at 618-235-0892.

  • If it is unsafe to call our crisis hotline, you can text us at 618-920-2590 24 hours a day. 

  • Emergency Shelter is still available for survivors of domestic violence.  Call the Shelter at 618-235-0892 for details. 

  • We are holding counseling sessions via phone and  Zoom.  To schedule an appointment with a counselor please call 618-235-0892 during business hours.

  • Legal Advocates are available to assist survivors of domestic violence Monday- Friday.  They will be practicing social distancing and have increased precautionary measures including hand sanitation and disinfecting surfaces.  Please call a legal advocate for assistance at 618-235-0892. 

  • The Shelter Shop is open.  They have taken precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19.  These include increasing sanitation protocols, requiring masks to shop in-store, and limiting the number of shoppers in-store to allow for social distancing.   

  • If you would like to make a donation of supplies please shop from our Amazon wish list here to have them directly shipped to us.  


As a reminder, support is available 24/7 at 618-235-0892.  As well, our shelter, counseling, and legal advocacy teams are still in operation.   

We want you to know that we are continuing our strict practice of cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing throughout our facility and shelter.  In addition, we have limited in-office staff and implemented social distancing practices wherever possible.  We are working to balance our social obligation of limiting the spread of COVID-19 with our dedication to keeping survivors safe and supported. 

This is a rapidly changing situation and we will do our very to keep the community notified regarding any changes to services and programming.  We will keep our website and social media updated with any changes to these plans. 

We do expect this will impact the Violence Prevention Center in ways we can only begin to imagine.  If you wish to make a donation, please visit our secure website here.  

If you have any questions please contact us.  

We are grateful to our community and their commitment to survivors of domestic violence

Thank you for caring!

Updated October 21, 2020

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