Social Distancing Shouldn’t Mean Social Isolation

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) has launched the Social Distancing Shouldn’t Mean Social Isolation campaign to raise awareness about child abuse, domestic violence and other dangers facing residents while homebound. If you need help, call a hotline. These resources are confidential and anonymous.

Isolation is one of the most significant factors that leads to an increase in domestic violence and safety risks. Don’t let social distancing mean social isolation. If you are – or someone you know is – living in fear of intimate partner violence, call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-7233.

Educators and Healthcare Workers are the leading reporters of child abuse. But with schools on hiatus, doctors focused on COVID-19 and families social distancing, many children are at-risk. #BRIDGE THE GAP. Everyone in New Jersey is  a mandated reporter. Call 1-877-652-2873 to report suspected abuse or neglect.

Don’t let being stuck inside bring out the worst in you. Use these six tips to deescalate a (or many) tense moment/s with loved ones.