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Local church donates $10,000 towards domestic violence relief efforts

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 15:59:25-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Saturday it has donated $10,000 to aid domestic violence relief efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak in Buffalo.

To follow social distancing guidelines the check presentation was conducted via Zoom Saturday morning.

Earlier this week Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said he was bracing for an uptick in domestic violence cases due to COVID-19.

“We’re all self-quarantined… We’re all cooped up in our homes,” said Flynn.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says that's a reason why they decided to help.

“As Christians, we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ by looking for ways to serve those in need,” said Buffalo area church leader, President Nathan Pace. “This donation is a way to help those most vulnerable who are not safe inside their own homes during this uniquely stressful time.'

Portions of the donation will immediately go to the Family Justice Center of Erie County.

“Isolation is the main form of control for domestic violence perpetrators,” said Mary Murphy, Family Justice Center CEO. “And now with the quarantine and social distancing, it can be even harder for victims to reach out for help. Video and phone calls and online chats are allowing us to connect with victims and help them navigate their way to safety. The timeliness of this donation couldn’t be more helpful.”

If you, or someone you know, needs help please reach out:

Family Justice Center: 716-558-7233

Haven House, 24-hour hotline: 716-884-6000

National Domestic Violence Hotline: text “LOVEIS” to 22522