YWCA Greenwich prioritizes youth prevention education during COVID

Greenwich: A year ago during the COVID-19 lockout, YWCA leaders in Greenwich were baptized while requesting their domestic abuse services.

Nonprofit leaders say the reduction may be due to the inability of some victims to reach out to the abuser at home or the perpetrators to monitor their victims’ phones.

As COVID-19 restrictions began to ease last fall, leaders at YWCA Greenwich saw a new trend: a significant increase in the number of individuals in need, especially among children and those in high demand for crisis services.

“The average number of services we provide to a customer has basically doubled,” says Meredith Gold, director of domestic violence services at YWCA Greenwich, which provides a range of support to victims of domestic violence.

Gold reported to DCF (Department of Children and Families) during COVID that “teachers and people who work remotely with children actually get a real view of the home and see things.” “So (in the uprising) there is progress, but this technology and our new way of teaching has given us a glimpse into what it really is.

Demand for services continues to rise, he said. The number of domestic violence reported in the city before the COVID-19 outbreak last spring has increased, and reports from Greenwich Police have increased since then.

In April 2019, police reported 18 domestic incidents. According to SGT, that number has risen to 23 in April 2020, and 38 in April 2021. Domestic Violence Coordinator for Greenwich Police Department Brent Reeves.

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