The Next Step Domestic Violence Project wants people to know that help is available, even during the stay-at-home directive.

I chatted, earlier this month, with Dorathy Martel, of the Next Step Domestic Violence Project, which serves Hancock and Washington counties. We started out discussing the many types of domestic abuse, because it's not always about hitting. Control is a huge motivator for abuse, including cutting a partner off from their friends and family and not letting them have access to money.

Dorathy discussed the added pressures of the current stay-at-home climate on these types of relationships, including the stresses caused by being out of work. She wants victims of abuse to know that help is out there, including the opportunity to leave the situation and find a safe place to live.

Find more information on the Next Step DV Project's website or call their 24-hour hotline number, 1-800-315-5579.

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