Stephanie Nilva spoke to PIX-11 about supporting survivors as New York state reopens. Watch her interview here, or read an excerpt below.
The city’s shutdown confined New Yorkers to their homes and for domestic abuse victims, that has been more than three months of quarantine with their abusers. The stay-at-home order meant to safeguard them from COVID-19 exposed them to another deadly threat: that of domestic violence.
Stephanie Nilva, the executive director of Day One, an organization that provides help for teens and adults up to age 24, said she anticipates changes once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
“Once people are freer to leave their homes and they get more time alone, you’re going to see a greater outreach looking for assistance,” said Nilva.