If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the Vermont Department for Children and Families Child Protection Line: 1-800-649-5285 — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If a child is in immediate danger, dial 911 or the local police first. Then, call to make a report. All Vermonters are encouraged to report their concerns about children’s safety.
If you are experiencing domestic or sexual violence, human trafficking, or stalking, help is available. Clarina's hotline is answered 24/7 – 802-888-5256. Advocates are available to listen and can help with safety planning, exploring legal options including filing Relief from Abuse Orders and police reports, and exploring shelter options. If you can’t reach out now, they will be here later when you can.
If you know someone who is isolated at home with an abusive partner, you can help. You are welcome to call Clarina's hotline to receive support and suggestions about how you can best support your friend, colleague, or family member.
Here are some basic tips:
- Reach out: call, video chat, go for a walk (maintaining social distancing, of course)
- Listen: allow the survivor to share what they want when they want
- Believe: do not question the survivor about the severity or details of the abuse
- Offer resources: share Clarina’s hotline number, talk about safety planning
- Don’t judge: the survivor knows the safest options for their circumstance
For more information visit Clarina's website.