Previous natural disasters in New Jersey have taught us that during times of prolonged stress and uncertainty, instances of child abuse and domestic violence increase. But social distancing requires families to remain at home, so the ability of others to identify and report abuse will drop.
Social isolation can create unsafe environments for people in unstable households. As a result, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families has launched the “Social Distancing Shouldn’t Mean Social Isolation” campaign. The campaign includes the three sharable posters described and posted below:
This poster provides tips for all families—not only those at risk for violence. It includes suggestions for healthy ways to handle anger before, or when, it arises.
This poster provides five numbers to call—and one to text—when you suspect abuse or are living with it.
These posters drive home the message that in New Jersey, everyone is mandated to report suspected neglect or abuse. The number to call is 1-877-2873.