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Life Saving Information In An Unexpected Place: Grocery Chain And Non-Profits Team Up

Being isolated at home is leading to more reports of domestic violence. See how this partnership is addressing the issue.

Who would have thought three months ago that a trip to the supermarket would be a welcome break from every day life?

Certainly not me!

But now grocery shopping seems like a respite from working and studying at home 24/7 with my husband and our college-sophomore son.

Now imagine being stuck at home in a situation where "family time" isn't something that's welcome, and the isolation created by stay at home orders is a threat.

Right now the grocery store is one of the only places a victim of domestic violence could go to get away from an abuser.

A group of domestic violence organizations in Pittsburgh recognized that grocery shopping could be a lifeline for victims, and partnered with one of the country's largest supermarket chains to offer information and hope:

Pittsburgh-area domestic violence groups say local police are reporting an increase in domestic violence calls during the coronavirus pandemic, while calls to crisis hotlines have dropped since the stay-at-home orders were put in place. They say that suggests many victims are struggling to find a safe place and time to call for help now that they are with their abusive partners all the time.

Post cards are located at the end of each check-out. They have information on how to get help if you're a victim.

Postcards with contact information for Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Crisis Center North and the Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center have been placed in 42 Giant Eagle locations in Allegheny County.

"In many cases, the ability to reach out for help can be life-saving." said Nicole Molinaro, President/CEO of Women's Center & Shelter. "Our hope is that by making this essential information more widely available, we can provide those who need help the ability to reach out sooner."

How can you start something good?

We continue to be astounded by the great partnerships that have made to solve problems and improve peoples' lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you're a victim of domestic violence, you can reach out to the organizations featured in this story, or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline to find help where you live.

These organizations wouldn't exist without the support of generous donors and volunteers.

Click on the following links to find out how to support them:

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Women's Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh

Crisis Center North

Alle-Kiski HOPE Center

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