The holidays are usually a time where we gather with family, cherish company, and celebrate gifts and gratitude. However, 2020 has been a dramatically different year for all of us, and while the pandemic has created challenges on every level imaginable, we have seen a secondary, “shadow pandemic” emerge.
Since March, we have seen an approximate 10% increase in state-wide domestic violence calls that included weapons.
What’s worse is that we suspect that number may be higher here in Ventura County. Historically, our average incidents of domestic violence are much higher than most counties in the state.
The pandemic and the stay at home orders that came with it has led to a dramatic increase in domestic violence in homes that were already experiencing such issues; and we are also seeing an increase in services to households without a history of violence. People are less able to leave their abusers, and the scars of abuse are now hidden because of physical distancing practices. But together, we can end the cycle.
The lifesaving services we provide are not be possible without you. So this year, we are presenting you with our “Wish Book” – a series of our services and stories – gifts we provide to our community – and the cost to provide them. We would appreciate your support through any of the “gifts” listed in here, as our services become even more critical during the holidays.
You may feel a pause after reading this, with hopes for better times, and a world with less hurt in it. You can provide a world with less hurt and more hope to those who walk through our doors.
Thank you for your support, and thank you for granting these wishes
Caroline Prijatel-Sutton, Psy.D
Coalition for Family Harmony