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Domestic Violence Hasn't Stopped, But COVID-19 Has Changed How Victims Get Help

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Domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy groups are still providing services around the state, but they've had to adjust how individuals can get help. Many victims have been stuck inside the house with their abuser, unable to find the privacy to reach out to friends, family, or crisis hotlines. 

That's according to Sydney Allred, the executive director of the Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She said one tool for victims to get help is to set up a code word.

"It's a random word, maybe cheeseburger, it would be something that you would never text me or message me. So, if I see 'cheeseburger,' I'm calling the police and I'm sending them to you right now because that means your life is at risk," she explained.

Allred recommends putting that code in place with friends, family members, coworkers, and your local domestic violence support center. She added that having these protocols in place can go a long way in helping keep victims safer.

If you or someone you know needs help, please refer to the resources below.

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