August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

StrongHearts Native Helpline Adds Online Chat Sessions with Advocates





StrongHearts Native Helpline Adds Online Chat Sessions with Advocates 

By CC Hovie, Communications Manager
ehovie@strongheartshelpline.org

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(EAGAN, Minn., May 18, 2020) — It is no coincidence that StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) has chosen to roll out online chat advocacy amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic created the perfect storm for victim-survivors of domestic and dating violence by having to shelter-in-place with their abusive partners. This necessitated a swift response by StrongHearts administrators who explained that feature was always a planned milestone but it was reached sooner and with a sense of urgency.

Launching today, Monday, May 18 at 8 a.m. CDT, chat advocacy at StrongHearts Native Helpline enables victim-survivors, friends and relatives to connect with an advocate using an online chat service. Users can connect with a highly-trained advocate in a free, anonymous and confidential one-on-one chat session. There is no need to download an app or any software to use it. Users can simply click the Chat Now icon on the StrongHearts Native Helpline website daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT.