Dear SVSG Friends and Partners
Across the world, we are facing an unprecedented large-scale crisis. It is humanity fighting for survival against the deadly COVID-19. Safety therefore requires us to physically separate from one another in a distancing and quarantine movement to stay alive. Please know that we here at SVSG are holding the well-being of each of you close in our minds, while bridging the distancing and quarantine through virtual connection.
For those experiencing violence, especially those forced to stay in lockdown with their abusers, know that you are not alone. Help is not on Shutdown.
For the ones who feel isolated due to the effects of distancing and quarantine, look at it as a critical time to pause, rest and reflect. There is always sunshine after the rain.
SVSG’s mission is to ensure that victims of crimes and those in need are well supported to be safe and in control of restoring their lives. Safety! is therefore the surviving word for this pandemic, especially given that in crises like this, pre-existing social inequities are often deepened.
SVSG in the coming weeks will do its best to collect and share information that might be useful to you in this challenging moment. This virtual connection is made possible through the financial support from the Spotlight Initiative (UNDP) here in Samoa.
In the meantime, please know that our hearts are with you, particularly those who are hurt most in uncertain circumstances like these.
In hope and solidarity, Samoa Victim Support Group
Help Line: 800-7874