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Gov. Sisolak addresses domestic abuse in Roadmap to Recovery

Shelters expect calls to increase as state reopens
Posted at 1:35 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 20:36:03-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The coronavirus pandemic has created a perfect storm for domestic abusers and their victims. Now, Gov. Sisolak is making it clear he does not want victims staying home if they feel unsafe.

In his Roadmap to Recovery address Thursday night, Gov. Sisolak said even as businesses begin to open back up, social distancing is still crucial to help prevent spreading COVID-19. That means staying home is still going to be the safest option for many people. However, for some people across the valley, being home isn't safe at all. Gov. Sisolak says in those cases, those individuals are encouraged to find a safer alternative.


"I want to make something very clear," Gov. Sisolak said, in his address. "If your home of residence becomes unsafe or dangerous because of abuse or violence, you are permitted and urged to leave your home immediately and seek a safe alternative location."

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Liz Ortenburger with SafeNest says they help victims create a safety plan, including finding shelter. She has said they've seen an increase in calls by 13%, and they actually expect that number to continue to increase as the state starts to open back up. Ortenburger says they're ready and prepared for calls to go up another 30-50%.

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SafeNest's hotline remains on standby 24 hours a day. You can call or text at 702-646-4981.