Monday, March 16, 2020

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Adjusts Protocols to Continue Providing Services for Survivors of Abuse During COVID-19


Local nonprofit moves therapy and counseling services to telehealth model, asks nonessential staff to work from home and postpone travel

The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) will continue to provide free and confidential services for survivors of abuse in the Greater Peoria Area amid COVID-19. CFPA will make the following adjustments to its protocol and procedures to keep all staff and clients safe, as recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health:

·        CPFA will provide safe shelter to all domestic violence individuals and their families out of the Peoria shelter, temporarily closing the Carol House of Hope, its Pekin shelter. All residents will receive virus screenings upon entry.
·        CFPA will, in the short term, move therapy and counseling services to a telehealth model, reaching clients by phone and video conferencing.
·        CFPA will temporarily pause the acceptance of non-monetary donations.
·        CFPA is asking all nonessential staff to work from home and to postpone trainings and travel until further notice.
“The Center for Prevention of Abuse is carefully mitigating COVID-19 and taking precautions to keep our staff, our guests, and those who come in contact with our agency safe and healthy,” said Carol Merna, Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Prevention of Abuse. “Abuse can happen at any time, so as a crisis shelter, it’s paramount that we continue to provide our free and confidential services for survivors in Central Illinois who need our care. Our Peoria shelter and our crisis hotline remain open and we have adjusted our approach to therapy, counseling, and more for at least the next two weeks so that we may continue providing a high level of care to the best of our abilities. Agency leadership will reevaluate each week. ” 

The crisis hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-559-SAFE (7233). To learn more about CFPA, please visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org.

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