DVIS texting tool gives survivors discreet way to receive help, support

Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS), a nonprofit agency providing comprehensive intervention and prevention services to those affected by domestic and sexual violence in Tulsa and Creek Counties, is reminding the community of its new texting tool, which gives survivors a discreet way to communicate and gain access to life-saving services.

Survivors can now text SAFE to 207-777 to communicate with a DVIS employee daily between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. If survivors are concerned about an unsafe person having access to their phone, remember to delete any messages from the DVIS texting line. Those who reach out for help via the texting tool during other hours will be prompted with auto-generated texts to reach out to the DVIS 24-Hour Information & Crisis Line at 918-743-5763 or call 911 if in an emergency where they fear for their safety or the safety of loved ones.

“We know many survivors are unable to reach out for help because their abusive partner is in the room,” said Tracey Lyall, Chief Executive Officer at DVIS. “This texting tool allows survivors to more easily receive information on how to safely escape a dangerous situation without alerting their abusive partner.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking in their lifetime.

“At DVIS, we are committed to creating communities where ALL relationships are free from violence and oppression,” added Lyall.

Victims of abuse can access DVIS services by calling the DVIS 24-Hour Information & Crisis Line at 918.743.5763 or by visiting DVIS.org. If in an emergency where you are concerned for your safety, dial 911. Other community resources may be accessed by calling 211.

Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) has added a texting line as a means of expanding services available to survivors of domestic and sexual violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individuals may text “SAFE” to 207-777 daily from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. to text with a DVIS employee. Otherwise survivors will be directed to online resources or the 24/7 crisis and information line at 918.743.5763.

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