If the person calling wants to leave an abusive situation, but cannot find the resolve, the crises team will help them put into place a safety plan that includes pre-packed bags and a location that is safe. In addition, it includes a list of things, such as medicines, toiletries, food, plans for children and pets as well as a trusted individual that can help the victim with their immediate needs or to offer them moral support.
“Some people will not leave,” Rivera said. “They are afraid because of financial insecurities or because they are afraid they may lose their children, or they do not have alternative housing.”
Rivera said it takes between five and seven times attempting to leave a violent situation before many victims can leave for good.
For more information about the programs available through Opportunities For Otsego, call the main office at 433-8038 or visit www.ofoinc.org. The number for the Victims Intervention Program 24-hour hotline is 432-4855.