People who are surviving violence in their relationships and families may be experiencing increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic.
Survivors often have specific needs around safety, health and confidentiality. We also realize that people who are already more vulnerable to economic and health insecurity are facing additional challenges during this unprecedented time.
Below are resources and tools for more vulnerable members of our communities and care providers, who are working tirelessly to respond in ways that are safe and supportive for all.
Resources for Survivors
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-799-7233 and through chat.
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) and through chat.
- The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is confidential and specifically for Native communities:1−844-762-8483
- The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks: 1-877-565-8860 This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators and is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
- National Parent Helpline offers emotional support and advocacy for parents:1-855-2736
Sheltering in Place recommendations or restrictions may create additional difficulties and risks for survivors.
If authorities call for “shelter in place” in your area, are there other friends or family you could stay with during this time?
Consider reaching out to these people to make a plan:
- Consider reaching out to a trusted friend, co-worker, or family member who could check in with you about your safety and support needs. If you need help identifying support people in your life, take a look at the pod mapping worksheet from the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective.
- Are you connected with close friends or family members of the person who is hurting you? Are they aware of what is happening or are they a safe person to reach out to? Consider connecting with them now in case you need someone to help you in an emergency.
- Staying Safe During COVID-19 from the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
- Mantenerse segurx durante COVID-19 – La Línea Nacional Contra la Violencia Doméstica
- Safer Drug Use During The Covid19 Outbreak by the Harm Reduction Coalition
- COVID-19 guidance for people experiencing homelessness without shelter from Multnomah County
- What if you can’t stay home? from StreetSheet (some CA specific info)
- What do older adults and people with disabilities need to know? from the Administration for Community Living
- COVID-19 information in many languages
- Resources for Undocumented People/ Recursos Para Personas Indocumentadas Coronavirus (some CA specific info)
Resources for Organizations & Providers
Plan with program staff and community partners for how you will continue to provide essential services and meet the needs of vulnerable populations.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and others national groups have compiled additional resources:
- Preventing and Managing the Spread of COVID-19 Within Domestic Violence Programs from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Sustaining Services for Survivors During COVID-19 Webinar Series from the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims – Vera Institute of Justice
- COVID-19: Coalition Guidance for Programs from NNEDV
- COVID-19 Prevention & Response Forum for Advocates from House of Ruth Maryland
- Emergency Preparedness Toolkit from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
- Coronavirus Resources: Resources for Community-Based Service Providers from the National Network for Youth
- Wellness Orientation For Uncertainty in the Time of COVID-19 from the Full Frame Initiative
- Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors During a Public Health Crisis (find additional related resources in NNEDV’s Digital Services Toolkit)
- Best Practices for Mobile Advocacy from NNEDV
- How to Operate as a Remote Workplace During a Public Health Crisis from NNEDV
- Coronavirus and Homelessness from the National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Health Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers from the HUD Exchange for Homeless Assistance Providers
- Infectious Disease Preparedness Among Homeless Assistance Providers and accompanying recorded webinar from HUD
- Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuums of Care from HUD
- Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) Information about How Disasters can Impact Survivors and Ways to Respond to Survivors and Staff: “Understanding the Impact of Hurricane Harvey on Family Violence Survivors in Texas and Those Who Serve Them”
- Shelter Health: Essentials of Care for People Living in Shelter from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
- How to support youth in foster care or who are homeless
- Considerations for homeless children and youth COVID-19
- Guide for Homeless/Housing Service Providers, Seattle – Guidelines for caring for ill children and having parents identify caregivers, if they are ill.
- Strategies for learning and mental health needs – Schoolhouse Connection
We can take care of each other in this crisis and reach out to loved ones, friends, neighbors and colleagues to see if they have the care and support they need, and if they feel safe at home. Here are some ways to do that:
- Friends + Family Guide: How to help someone who is in an abusive relationship from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Are you close with someone who you know or suspect may be hurting or controlling their partner or a family member, and feeling more stress while in close quarters? Can you reach to be a resource for de-escalation, stress regulation, and listening? (without colluding in the violent or harmful behavior)
Consider sending a message like this: “ I know things feel scary and stressful right now. Could we talk on the phone sometime later today so we can support each other and check in?”
- Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens from Healing Justice Podcast
- In a Disaster that Calls for Isolation, Your Community will Help You Survive
- #WeGotThis: To Our Positive Women Network (PWN) Family Regarding the Coronavirus Epidemic from Positive Women’s Network
- coronavirus, climate change and community care by Susan Raffo
- NW Network guide for reducing isolation/ supporting LGBTQ survivors for family/friends/advocates
- Caring Across Distance: Some Things to Consider Before Movement Gatherings During COVID-19 By Maryse Mitchell-Brody
- Coronavirus Care Fund for Domestic and Low Wage Workers organized by The National Domestic Workers Alliance.
- COVID-19 Relief Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks organized by Amita Swadhin
- COVID-19 Financial Security Offering