Domestic violence resources remain available in Lehigh Valley, despite coronavirus closures

Written by on March 25, 2020

Domestic violence resources remain available in Lehigh Valley, despite coronavirus closures

By Megan Frank

March 25, 2020

Domestic violence resources remain available in Lehigh Valley, despite coronavirus closures, WLVR’s Megan Frank reports. 

Pennsylvanians are being urged to stay home right now, but Lori Sywensky of Turning Point of Lehigh Valley says that’s not a safe place for everyone.

The Allentown-based non-profit offers life-saving tools and support to victims and survivors of abuse. 

Sywensky says all of Turning Point’s services, including counseling, shelter, and a 24-hour helpline, are all still available.

“We are doing phone counseling for clients who feel safe doing so. We continue to house people, we’re just no longer bringing new people into our safe house building to limit exposure. We had the police bring us a woman last week, and we were able to find accommodations for her,” said Sywensky.

Sywensky says Turning Point is working to find alternative locations to place people at risk for abuse. 

She also stressed that police and court services are still open – and that anyone who is being physically threatened or feels that their life is in danger, should call the police. 

Watch Megan’s full PBS39 News Tonight Report.


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