A Message from Archway Society for Domestic Peace
If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out.
Archway Society is available 24/7; please call 250-542-1122.
Each day we see new cases of the COVID-19 spreading globally, and each day we see schools, parks, and businesses temporarily closing – as most of these places are places of leisure, but for some, these are places of respite. The home may not be a safe place under most circumstances, but during this time of uncertainty, home can become especially dangerous.
Social distancing and self-isolation practices are being put into play to keep us safe. In contrast, for those who are experiencing abuse, these practices only serve to increase their danger. Not only are they unable to access their support system and resources, but they also have no escape. They are trapped with an abuser who may feel a loss of control, which only exacerbates an already volatile situation.
We are all in a vulnerable situation right now, and for those at home with their abusers, they are most vulnerable and at risk.
“We understand the need for social distancing. We also recognize that this can create a barrier for women facing abuse and no longer able to escape,” says Sherry Demetrick Co-Executive Director of Archway Society for Domestic Peace.
We are facing the same struggles other businesses in our community are facing. Our mission is to help families. Right now, more than ever, families need help. The abuse is not going to stop; a victim’s trauma is not going to be put on hold while this pandemic is happening. We are coming up with creative ways to support women and children as we all navigate through these uncertain times.
Although we are not physically in our offices, we are committed to helping women, children, and families in our community. We continue to offer counseling sessions and support by phone, text, and email to our clients.
The Transition House is available to help those in need of a safe place.
“Right now, this crisis has a huge impact on victims of sexual or domestic violence. We want them to know, amongst the noise and hustle due to this pandemic, we hear you, we see you, but most importantly, we believe you. We are here to help and support you,” states Micki Materi; Co-Executive Director of Archway Society of Domestic Peace.
If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out. Archway Society is available 24/7; please call 250-542-1122.
Let’s take care of each other, in times of uncertainty, kindness, and humanity matter the most!
We acknowledge that our workplace is within the northern part of the unceded Okanagan First Nation Territory and that many descendants of the Suqnaquinx (Suk‑anok‑can) still live here.
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