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Project DOVE sees uptick in calls for domestic violence services

Project DOVE, Malheur County’s domestic violence service and shelter has received an influx of calls from people quarantining due to Covid. (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan)

The pace of requests for help from Project DOVE, Malheur County’s domestic violence service and shelter, has picked back up again after months of quiet due to Covid, according to Executive Director Theresa Basford.

The decrease in calls, Basford said, was likely due to victims being “quarantined at home with their abuser” due to the stay-at-home order and rise in unemployment due to Covid. Often, Basford said, the biggest challenge for a victim of domestic or sexual violence is getting away from their abuser and seeking help.

Then, as “things started opening back up and people returned to work,” the organization saw its requests for services and calls . . .