[CONTINUE READING]…“Advocates can help you to think about your personal situation and work with you to create a safety plan,” the statement reads, adding that a safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that identifies ways to remain safe while in a relationship, whether you are planning to stay or leave. “It may include telling a trusted neighbor or friend, identifying a place to stay if you need to leave quickly or thinking about ways to stay safe in your home if your partner becomes physically abusive.”

Free and confidential help is available at Montague Catholic Social Ministries in Turners Falls at 413-863-4804, The Salasin Project in Greenfield at 413-774-4307, and the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT) hotline at 413-772-0806. The NELCWIT hotline operates 24/7.

The Task Force on Domestic Violence typically meets in the Town Hall Meeting Room at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month, though the pandemic has forced these meetings to be conducted via Zoom. For more information on the task force, visit bit.ly/3iUfPWf.