ST. LOUIS, May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today that it has donated $500,000 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which aims to support and advocate for those affected by relationship abuse. According to the CDC, one in three women and one in seven men age 18 and older are victims of severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. The shelter-in-place orders across the country during the COVID-19 crisis have led to an increase in incidents of domestic violence.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a 24/7/365 national service provider offering service via call, chats, and texts providing support for those impacted by domestic violence in times of crisis. In the last month, the National Domestic Violence Hotline experienced a 12% increase in contact volume, and many domestic violence providers, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline, expect to see an unprecedented number of survivors reporting abuse and seeking support in the coming months as shelter-in-place orders lift throughout the country.
"Staying home might be able to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but it is not always a safe place for people," said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene. "Through this donation, we want to help the hotline manage the new demand generated by the coronavirus and support their mission to shift power back to those affected by relationship abuse."
"We know that any external factors that add stress, isolation, and financial strain can create circumstances where a survivor's safety is further compromised, and our Advocates are hearing from survivors how COVID-19 is being used by abusive partners to further control and abuse," said Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. "We are grateful to Centene for generously funding our efforts so we can stay on the front lines of supporting survivors of domestic violence. Maintaining our services is critical to the health and safety of survivors across the United States and its territories."
This contribution will help the hotline to support survivors of domestic abuse by providing referrals to mental health, legal, and economic resources, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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Centene Corporation, a Fortune 50 company, is a leading multi-national healthcare enterprise that is committed to helping people live healthier lives. The Company takes a local approach – with local brands and local teams - to provide fully integrated, high-quality, and cost-effective services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Centene offers affordable and high-quality products to nearly 1 in 15 individuals across the nation, including Medicaid and Medicare members (including Medicare Prescription Drug Plans) as well as individuals and families served by the Health Insurance Marketplace, the TRICARE program, and individuals in correctional facilities. The Company also serves several international markets, and contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide a variety of specialty services focused on treating the whole person. Centene focuses on long-term growth and the development of its people, systems and capabilities so that it can better serve its members, providers, local communities, and government partners.
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