RICHMOND, Va. -- Domestic violence help centers are preparing for an increase in cases due to COVID-19 isolation measures, and Virginia domestic and sexual violence agencies are teaming up and ready to help victims in need.
"As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep our community isolated, we want to be sure that survivors of violence know they are not alone," YWCA Richmond Chief Development Officer Rupa Murthy said.
The Greater Richmond Regional Collaborative to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (GRRC) was founded nearly a decade ago when several domestic and sexual violence agencies in the region came together to begin collaborating on ways each agency could be more effective and efficient by working together.
Core services provided by each agency to survivors include: emergency shelter to survivors who are in imminent danger, trauma-informed individual and group counseling, case management, court advocacy, as well as education and prevention programming.
The following GRRC agencies are open and feature 24-hour emergency shelters and 24/7 help hotlines to provide aid to victims in Central Virginia:
- Hanover Safe Place (Hanover County)
- Goochland Cares (Goochland and Powhatan County)
- Thrive Virginia (Charles City, New Kent, King and Queen, and King William Counties)
- James House (Southern Chesterfield, Prince George, Surry, Sussex and Dinwiddie Counties as well as Hopewell, Petersburg and Colonial Heights)
- Safe Harbor (Henrico County)
- YWCA Richmond (North Chesterfield and the City of Richmond)
Additionally, anyone who needs help can call the Greater Richmond Regional Hotline at 804-612-6126 to be connected to GRRC resources.