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Mindful Moment with Mike: Domestic Violence Situation Help

Posted at 8:21 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 17:08:27-04

TULSA — Abuse can escalate more quickly and become more violent when people are asked to stay home.

So says a group here in Tulsa that protects people in a domestic violence situation.

Mike Brooks reached out to them to get you help if you are involved in a violent relationship.

Tracey Lyall with Domestic Violence Intervention Services says their phone line has been very quiet lately, and that has them worried.

Based on history, she knows people are not reaching out for help, even though they need it.

"They can speak to an advocate, they can talk about what their options are in terms of safety if they have a safe place to go, if they don't, if they need a safe place or if they're just not able to get out. Certainly we're still operating our shelter and are able to keep families safe, and put them in our shelter during this time. So that's an option. Also, we have counselors on staff who are connecting with people and offering help and support during this time. So there's a lot of options still available for people who might feel like they're in an unsafe situation," Lyall says.

DVIS can also help you with a restraining order.

Right now, police officers are issuing them, so you don't have to go to the courthouse.

Tracey wants everyone to know their crisis, and information, number is 918-743-5763.

It's not just for those who are in an immediate crisis, you can also get information that will help you later. So write it down or put it in your phone.

We want everyone to be safe during these trying times.

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