VARO: Rise in family, friends calling on behalf of domestic abuse victims


There has been an increase in family and friends calling on behalf of a victim of domestic abuse, the non-profit group Victims Advocates Reaching Out stated.

This surge is directly related to COVID as the abuser is more than likely always home, making it unsafe for the abused to reach out, VARO Office Manager Karen Carpenter said.

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According to Carpenter, 90 people sought help because they or someone close to them has been abused.

“The big impact is if everybody is at home and the abuser is a family member, they are at home with them. By the way, the abuser can be female or male. You think of it more as male but it can be either one. And so it makes it more difficult when they are there all the time because again it’s difficult to call for help. It’s difficult to even call and get advice, it’s difficult if it’s a very controlling relationship and they don’t want the person calling anyone,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter says that if you are in an abusive home, wait until it’s safe and give them a call at 477-5552. Someone will be on the line to answer, listen, and help.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.