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In general, social upheaval, lack of income and health issues can bring about troubles in the family. Fortunately the Copper Valley h...


In general, social upheaval, lack of income and health issues can bring about troubles in the family. Fortunately the Copper Valley has several resources you can turn to for help.

The Copper River Country Journal talked with Schar Togagae at AVV.  The Alaska Advocates of Victims of Violence (AVV) serves the Copper River Valley as well as Valdez. It provides help to people who are experiencing domestic violence. The following information was current as of March 24th, 2020:


WE'RE NOT COUNSELORS
Schar said, "We're not counselors. We're a 24 hour crisis line. We're a domestic violence shelter. People who usually call us deal with domestic violence and sexual assault. We find services and let them know where they can get that help from. If they need to speak to a counselor, we advise them where to call a counseling center.

VALDEZ HAS QUARANTINES
"We're still open. We're just minimizing the contact, and take all the precautions mandated by our city and what the CDC requires us to do."

Advocates for Victims of Violence noted, "We had a Valdez City mandate last night that when people come in from out of town they have to quarantine. Coming from Anchorage... it doesn't matter. They have to self-quarantine for 14 days If they're coming into shelter, needing help, we take precautions. Six feet. We have masks for the staff on-site to use."

The quarantine is for an area more than a hundred miles from Valdez. Nevertheless, "Anybody is more than welcome to come" for assistance if they need to. "They have to call. It's a 14-day quarantine for them if they come into town... if the perpetrator is where they're at, of course they should come..."

IF YOU LIVE IN THE COPPER VALLEY...

The first thing you should do is talk it over with the Valdez organization on the phone. You can call them at 835-2980, day or night. Toll free: 1 800 835-4044. If you need to escape to a shelter in Valdez, says Schar, "They would call us first and we would have a safety plan, and see what their options are first. We would test them (for coronavirus) if they come into shelter, just to keep everybody safe. Our shelter doesn't have tests, but Valdez Hospital does."

With the 14-day quarantine in effect, you could not leave town for two weeks. "If they absolutely need to come here we would most likely put them up in a hotel. We're trying to work with all the mandates, all the changes that are coming. Every day, every two hours, we're getting mandated to keep up with the changes..." 

SERVICE AREA INCLUDES COPPER VALLEY

The Advocates for Victims of Violence serves the following communities:
Chistochina, Chitina, Copper Center, Gakona, Glennallen, Gulkana, Kenny Lake, McCarthy, Mendeltna, Mentasta, Nelchina, Paxson, Slana, Tazlina, Tolsona, Tonsina and Valdez. 

ADDITIONAL CRISIS LINE
Due to increasing crisis calls, AVV has opened several additional crisis lines you can call. They are: 907-255-2985, 907-255-2986, 907-835-2999 and Toll Free 1 800 835-4044. 


...OR YOU CAN CALL CROSS ROAD MEDICAL CENTER ANY TIME, DAY OR NIGHT

This can be a very difficult time, especially since there's a possibility of very serious illness.

Cross Road takes its mission of providing both medical and emotional support very seriously. Lari Maize told the Copper River Country Journal: "I know people are scared. It's a pretty scarey time to go through. We're here. We're here all the time, 24 hours, 7 days a week. They can call. We talk with them. We pray with them, sometimes numerous times a night when someone calls."

The Cross Road phone number is 822-3203. 


www.countryjournal2020.com


 

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