Camden, N.J. – With the recent extension of the social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is highlighting the resources available for victims of domestic violence during a time when they might need it most.

“For most, the safest option for everyone to flatten the curve is to stay at home,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “For victims, being forced to stay inside with an abusive spouse, partner, family member or friend can lead to potentially dangerous situations and can make them feel trapped. We want victims to know they’re not stuck and there is still help available.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, the Camden County Women’s Center and Services Empowering Rights of Victims are still operating 24-hour hotlines and are accepting victims at safe houses. Other resources include virtual support groups, phone counseling and more.

At the state level, the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence has put together a list of resources, from the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s Deaf Videophone to a texting option for someone who can’t safely make a phone call.

If you’re looking to file a restraining order, police department lobbies remain open. Please visit your local police department who can walk you through the process.

For help, here are some of the domestic violence resources available:

For anyone in immediate danger, please call 911.