A Letter from BTSADV CEO: COVID-19 Update

Dear BTSADV Community,

First and foremost, we at Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence (BTSADV) extend our heartfelt wishes that you and your families are as well as can be expected during this national emergency surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our hearts especially go out to anyone directly impacted by the virus and the selfless healthcare professionals around the world managing this crisis on the front lines.

With the increasing concern of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to remind everyone to take extra precaution and take necessary measures for you and your families health during this unique time.

Our BTSADV community’s health, wellbeing, and security are our highest priorities. I want to personally reassure you as one of our valued members of the steps we’re taking to continue delivering top-quality service safely and without compromise.

Many survivors may feel triggered during this pandemic due to the feelings of uncertainty and isolation. All of our trained volunteers and staff have been prepared for virtual support since our inception. The online access we provide to families worldwide ensure no survivors feel alone, especially during times like this. We are committed to connecting with survivors no matter where they are geographically located. 

We are continuously monitoring the latest information on the outbreak as reported by the CDC and the World Health Organization. BTSADV has taken the following steps to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, and beloved community:

Events

We have decided to postpone the following events, stay tuned for further updates:

  1. The Evening of Hope Luau 
  2. The Guy’s Retreat 
  3. The Sound of Better Days Tour

For more information, please continue to follow us on our social media or visit our website.

Programs 

Access to virtual presentations via our Speakers Bureau service available on our website. 

With a combined effort of over 40 years of service and thousands served, our speakers have had the honor and privilege of educating men and women about the dangers of abuse worldwide in every setting. Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence gives you access to the industry’s best speakers!

BTSADV has grown to become a national nonprofit organization led by survivor-volunteers who serve victims, survivors, and families affected by domestic violence. If you’re looking to make a difference in someone’s life while practicing social distancing, we welcome you to join our virtual team! You can volunteer in the comfort of your own home. To learn more about how you can volunteer and join the BTSADV team, click here: volunteer opportunities 

If you’re looking for local resources or advice from a fellow survivor, BTSADV offers a Survivor Helpline (855-287-1777)

Survivor Helpline available Monday – Sunday during normal business hours

  • Monday  – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. MST, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST
  • Tuesday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST
  • Thursday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST
  •  Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST

Staying Connected

BTSADV is moving quickly to share reliable information and resources across all our platforms. Our dedicated team is working proactively to provide reliable facts and information for survivors and victims. We will continue to provide ongoing support across our social media platforms to connect with survivors during an international effort to practice social distancing.

During this difficult time, we encourage you all to reach out to those around you, be kind to one another and embrace our collective humanity. Social Distancing shouldn’t mean disconnection and we will do our part to champion that spirit of community in new innovative ways over the coming months.

As we navigate the uncertain landscape, it’s our honor and privilege to continue serving you, and you can trust that we have taken every measure  to do so as safely as possible.

Kristen Faith
Founder & CEO of Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence

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