If your home isn’t safe, here’s an online resource

If your home isn’t safe, here’s an online resource

Domestic abuse is escalating across the state and nation as a result of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. (Read more at tabonline.org/domestic-abuse.)

If you know of someone who is in an unsafe home situation and you aren’t sure what to do to help, counselor Leslie Vernick is offering help.

Conquer, an online support community, allows women who are in a destructive marriage to support each other and gain coping skills and strategies.

“We start with coaching — there’s a five-step plan,” said Vernick, who is also an author and a contributor to the Church Cares curriculum made available by the Southern Baptist Convention.

Topics covered

The group walks through topics like building a safety plan, learning what the Bible says about abuse and how to gain confidence in your identity as a woman of God.

A membership fee is charged but Conquer offers scholarships.

Churches looking for a way to help someone through this time also might consider a sponsorship. Women can join through April 23.

For more information on Conquer, visit leslievernick.com/conquer.

If you are in a dangerous situation and need immediate help, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or thehotline.org. (TAB)