The Victim Center has released a statement that they will be forced to alter their operations in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here is the statement the Victim Center posted on social media on Friday:
The Victim Center is deeply saddened by the need to make these adjustments and how this might impact those who need support. The safety and health of our communities remains our top concern, and we will continue to work toward our mission to provide hope and healing to those who have experienced trauma and tragedy.
Crisis response and advocacy services will be limited to phone-based support only; Victims and collaborating partners can continue to reach Victim Advocates 24/7 through our crisis response line 417-864-7233 (SAFE).
In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and growing concerns for the health of our clients, volunteers, and staff, The Victim Center has made the following adjustments to our services:
• Our Springfield offices, including our building at 819 N Boonville, will be closed to walk-in traffic and in-person appointments.
• In-person classes and support groups will be temporarily suspended; Staff are working diligently to create virtual or paper-based resources for clients.
• Most therapy appointments will be limited to phone or video-based format only. Therapy clients are encouraged to talk to their counselor for more information and to discuss case-specific concerns.
• Community-based presentations, in-person meetings, and educational seminars have been postponed.
We want to remind everyone that although our services are modified in their approach, our dedicated team of staff and volunteers continue to be available through our 24/7 crisis response line. Our services are always free-of-charge and are available to any person who has experienced or been impacted by violent or sexual crimes. Services consist of crisis response, personal advocacy, therapy, and prevention education.
Existing clients and collaborating partners will be contacted about these changes directly. As the situation evolves, we will continue to provide updates on our Facebook page and website.
For additional information or questions:
24/7 Crisis Response Line: 417-864-SAFE (7233)