With families on lockdown together, stewing in the stress of COVID-19 day after day, calls to L.A. County’s domestic violence hotline have spiked. By the same token, with children hidden from teachers, coaches, and others who might report abuse, calls to the hotline of the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) have plummeted.
Although home visitors aren’t able to meet with their clients in person, they still continue to play a critical role in helping families stay safe and healthy.
In this webinar, Tania Benacerraf, Director of Behavioral Health and Child Welfare Programs at California Hospital Medical Center, shares how home visitors can overcome the challenges of virtual visits to continue assessing and monitoring risks and signs of abuse, neglect, and intimate partner violence. She shares best practices and provides resources that home visitors can use to help clients who may be experiencing this (or are at risk of experiencing it).
(See below for related resources and tools for home visitors.)
- Presentation slides: Child Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence During COVID-19
- Dignity Health — California Hospital’s Domestic Violence Screening 2020
- Dignity Health — California Hospital’s Client/Family Safety Plan (also in Spanish)
- Crisis and resource hotlines (also included in presentation slides and recording above):
- In immediate danger? Call 911.
- L.A. County Domestic Violence Safety Plan Hotline: 800-978-3600
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233. Can’t speak safely? Text LOVEIS to 22522.
- Child Abuse Hotline: 800-540-4000
- Psychiatric Mobile Response Team (PMRT): 800-854-7771
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-727-4747
- Teen Line: 310-855-4673
- Shelter Availability and Food Banks: 211
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
- LGBTQ National Hotline: 800-843-4564