The Retreat’s mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of family violence.
In pursuit of that mission, The Retreat provides direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, their families and the Eastern Long Island community through a 24-hour bilingual hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, prevention education, and emergency shelter. Violence prevention education and other supportive programs are available in Suffolk and Nassau Counties.
COVID-19 AND VIOLENCE AT HOME
While we cannot change what is going on in the world, we can make a difference! For those who have suffered from abuse, the issues do not pause or take a break even during the declared National Emergency for COVID-19. In fact, those issues may become more difficult to manage.
There is an increase in the need for The Retreat services because victims are trapped at home with the abuser. The abuser may limit access to information or access to phones, computers, family, friends. The abuser may also provide inaccurate information about what services are available. In addition, there may be job loss, financial abuse, the feeling of isolation and despair as well as stress from uncertain circumstances. The reduced access to health services, an inability to leave and the exposure and vulnerability of children in the household are factors that also contribute to a tense and volatile situation.
In this time of crisis, The Retreat is here for anyone in need of assistance, but additional funding is critical. Higher call volume, additional staff and supplies, new types electronic equipment, and other requirements are necessary for The Retreat to function efficiently and effectively during this new normal.