Governor Reveals Recovery Plan for PA
This afternoon, Governor Wolf announced a comprehensive recovery plan for residents, businesses, and hospitals in Pennsylvania. The plan includes strong support of businesses, increasing pay of workers and adding sick leave. It also helps those who are food insecure, expands healthcare access, and more.
We must understand that we are all in this together. We can create a better Pennsylvania from this disaster.
Avoid Scams & Report Price Gouging
On Wednesday, Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined me on a call. He shared that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more consumer scams and fraud. Scammers want to get your money by using your date of birth, social security number, or bank account number. They send e-mails that look official in order to get your unemployment compensation and federal stimulus money. All official government emails end in .gov. Please beware. To report a scam, email email@example.com.
As reported in a prior e-news, the Attorney General also investigates tips and complaints about illegal price gouging. To report price gouging, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the Attorney General’s website for more information.
Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Help
Domestic violence is on the rise during the stay-at-home period. Many have called domestic violence hotlines seeking counseling. Some reported incidents by the Women’s Center of Montgomery County include:
- Abusers threatening victims with COVID-19 exposure
- Healthcare workers with domestic violence-related injuries
- Victims seeking advice to tell family and friends about the abuse
For those experiencing domestic violence, help is available. Women Against Abuse has a resource page that includes safety planning tips for domestic violence survivors during COVID-19.
The Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week with counseling and safe transition resources at 1-866-723-3014.
The Women’s Center of Montgomery County has a toll free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-773-2424.
Even though courts are generally closed, protection from abuse (PFA) orders can still be filed. Information is available at the Philadelphia and Montgomery County court websites on PFA filing hours and procedures.
We are very concerned about child abuse as well. To report child abuse or neglect, visit www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/ or call ChildLine toll-free at 1-800-932-0313. Help is available.
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