Waukesha organization works to help victims of domestic violence during isolating pandemic

Waukesha Women's Center makes special deliveries
Posted at 5:17 AM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 07:58:53-05

WAUKESHA -- It may be unimaginable to know what a child or victim of domestic violence goes through.

Here's one example of an abuser's tactics, "We've also heard personal stories of abusers saying 'I'm gonna personally get you infected with the pandemic.'"

We share safe ways this Waukesha organization The Women's Center is helping victims find a safe way out during these isolating times.

It is a question the executive director of The Women's Center has turned down over and over in this pandemic, "Everyone wants to know if we're serving more victims because of the pandemic," said Angela Mancuso.

That is not the way to look at it.

"When we put together our 2020 numbers, we responded to 8,000 calls. Isn't that a couple thousand too many?!"

Angela Mancuso knows that before, during, and after this pandemic - abusers will not stop.

"Rapists and abusers traffickers and pimps they don't care what's going on socially they're still going to commit the crimes," said Mancuso.

That is why she hopes you will pay attention to friends, family, and co-workers throughout this pandemic. You may be their only outlet to get help.

"You have to pay attention to behaviors," Mancuso urges, "It's consistently saying how are you doing?"

They are ready to give victims of violent crimes safe refuge, and remind them that love does not hurt.

Here is your Rebound Rundown:

  • The Women's Center has 24/7 confidential hotline at (262) 542-3828
  • There are COVID-19 safety measures in place, including keeping shelter at half-capacity
  • Special arrangments are made for victims to find safe shelter elsewhere
  • They even have quarantine locations for victims who are sick with COVID-19

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