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Self Help Center reminds of domestic violence resources during health worries

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CASPER, Wyo. —  As people move indoors, and practice social distancing, Casper’s Self Help Center says that tensions may rise within the home.

“We don’t believe that people who aren’t abusive, that this will cause them to be abusive,” says Self Help Center’s Jennifer Dyer. “But for those who are already experiencing violence, it makes it more difficult for them to seek services.”

Amid fears of COVID-19 Casper’s Self Help Center will have its main offices closed, but will maintain their 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 235-2814. They will also be seeing people on a case-by case basis.

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“We know that rising tensions in the home may result in an increase in violence,” says Dyer. “For those that may be experiencing violence, services will remain available, although the main office will be closed to the public.  Locally, the Self Help Center in Natrona County will continue to provide our 24/7 crisis hotline.”

The Self Help Center will continue to provide over-the-phone crisis intervention, case management, safety planning, assistance with protection orders, relocation assistance, and other advocacy and support services based on each individual case.  

The 30-day emergency safe house for those in immediate danger will still be offered.

Other local resources include:

Casper Police Department – Victim Services

  • 307-235-8347

Natrona County Sheriff’s Office– Victim Services

  • 307-235-9282

Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • 307-755-5481 

National Hotline

  • 1-800-799-7233

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

  • 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

The concern around coronavirus and COVID-19 are an ever-evolving issue.

For more information please visit the Centers for Disease Control website and The Wyoming Department of Health website. At this time, the WDH is recommending Wyoming residents:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.


The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:


What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org


  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.