Dallas Non-Profit Offers Remote Counseling During Quarantine

Baylee Friday
March 31, 2020 - 12:23 pm

DALLAS (1080 KLRD) - With everyone stuck at home, family violence is on the rise. And in Dallas, one non-profit wants to help.

"What we've noticed in our hotline calls ... is the type of violence people are experiencing," said Paige Flink, CEO of The Family Place. "It seems more brutal, in some cases."

The Family Place is a non-profit family violence agency based in Dallas. Right now, an increased number of people are calling for help. COVID-19 is playing a big part in that, Fink says, adding that money troubles and isolation are a bad mix for anyone-- especially people trapped at home with their abusers. 

"I actually think that we're sitting on a powder keg in some of these family relationships," Fink says. "I think it's going to get worse in the next two weeks. It's just ... tensions are running high, and especially if people have lost jobs and they're not receiving that paycheck ... I just anticipate some troublesome things happening."

The Family Place is still up, running and helping. The facility's emergency shelter is open, but it's being reserved for emergency cases. The Family Place is also offering free counseling services through phone and video chat.

"I know that there's some people who think that they don't qualify because it's not bad enough," Finck says. "If you're experiencing anything you should call, and let our counselors do safety plans and help assess the situation." 

For more information about The Family Place, visit their website: https://familyplace.org/

The Family Place 24/7 Hotline: 214-941-1991