RICHMOND, Va. -- Domestic violence counselors are preparing for a possible uptick in cases as families are forced to stay home in the wake of COVID-19.
And in Richmond, resources are available for people who may be experiencing domestic abuse or mental health trauma involving children.
ChildSavers 24/7 Immediate Response hotline is available for mental health and trauma crises involving children and can be reached for free service at 804-305-2420.
ChildSavers’ Immediate Response initiative is devoted to the needs of children exposed to trauma or experiencing a mental health crisis.
People who utilize the number can talk with a clinician for immediate over-the-phone support. The clinician can also refer the child to ongoing mental health services through ChildSavers or community partners, if needed.
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, ChildSavers has begun to complement its in-person mental health therapy services for children with teletherapy options. The agency rolled out telephone-based therapy last week and will offer video conferencing via Zoom beginning the first week of April.
The organization is continuing to offer therapy sessions from its East End location while taking precautions to help ensure the health and safety of families, children and staff.
ChildSavers’ clinicians provide treatment for children and adolescents regardless of an ability to pay. For more information and to learn more about the organization’s mental health services, visit https://childsavers.org/ [childsavers.org] or call (804) 644-9590.