We here at KEYPER are constantly reminding you of our mantra, keypittogether. In a perfect world, any number of skills, personality traits, accomplishments or even accessories could arm us with the tools we need to achieve the goal of keeping it together all of the time. However, in reality we know that life is full of challenges and hardships that no one can prepare for and few can navigate without strife. Domestic Violence is one of those realities and is a social epidemic that is no respecter of persons. Domestic Violence can exercise its devastating grip on the life of a sister or brother no matter their education, socio-economic background, faith or physical appearance. KEYPER founder Dana Robinson stands with those affected by Domestic Violence and is here to say, "Do not be ashamed; you are not alone."
Domestic Violence & COVID-19
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, COVID-19 could have a unique impact on intimate partner violence in the following ways:
- abusive partners withholding necessary items, i.e., hand sanitizer or disinfectant;
- abusive partners sharing misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten;
- abusive partners withholding insurance cards or threatening to cancel insurance;
- shelters stopping intakes;
- fear of contamination preventing those affected from entering a shelter;
- inability to access support groups or go in public places; and
- abusive partners creating pseudo-justifications for escalating isolation tactics.
If you are experiencing any of the above warning signs do not hesitate to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or text "loveis" to 22522. Likewise, if a friend or family member is experiencing these warning signs, simply share the numbers listed above.
Advocating for victims of Domestic Abuse is a cause that is near and dear to KEYPER. In order to contribute and spread awareness, Robinson launched the Keypit Together Foundation for families in crises. Through Mother's Day, KEYPER, in partnership with the Keypit Together Foundation, will donate 10% of all sales to The Center for Women and Families (the "Center").
The Center is located in Kentucky, which is also home to KEYPER. During COVID-19, the Center continues to offer 24/7 services to survivors of Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence free of charge. The Center offers a variety of services and support, including the SAFE clinic. The Center is the only sexual assault center in Kentucky that houses an onsite SAFE clinic. We at KEYPER extend our gratitude to the Center and its sister facilities across the nation for their work, advocacy and commitment.