Rape/Domestic Abuse Program receives funding during COVID-19

Published: Sep. 26, 2020 at 10:09 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -The global health pandemic has caused many businesses to close their doors or modify their hours of operations. Volunteers and workers at the Rape/Domestic Abuse Program (RDAP) in North Platte have never stopped working.

Executive Director of RDAP, Jenny Bonta explained how she changed her staff’s schedules to abide by CDC guidelines and incorporate working remotely. Funding from the Cares Act and donations through the mid-Nebraska community foundation helped them make accommodations to their program to help survivors in need.

The funding was used towards purchasing safety supplies, such as masks and cleaning supplies, and also increasing telehealth services such as web and video chatting and texting messaging through their crisis line.

Over the past few months, there have been more requests for emergency housing.

“The pandemic or COVID-19 didn’t necessarily cause situations to be worse. It does put more stress on the community as a whole and well-being. Domestic violence situations are more impacted by everything that is going on,” said Bonta.

The COVID-19 funding received has been instrumental in modifying programs in place to help survivors such as the support group which will reconvene in October in a larger space.

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