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FUTURES on the Frontlines for Survivors, Families — and You

The FUTURES policy team in Washington D.C. helped secure direct support for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and for  children who experience trauma and abuse, and for the nonprofit advocates who support them, including:

  •  $45 million in Family Violence Prevention and Services grants that prevent and respond to family and domestic violence, and
  • $2 million for the National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • $45 million in Child Welfare Services, for grants to states to support child welfare needs, and to help keep families together during this crisis
  • $750 million for grants to all Head Start programs to help them support additional needs of children and families, including lost learning time during this crisis.

FUTURES also worked to ensure that local domestic violence and community-based agencies were made eligible for small business loans and grants to help address the economic impacts of the pandemic. You will find information about the CARES Act and Support for Working Families here.

Help for Survivors, Communities and DV/SA Programs

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. People who are already more vulnerable to economic and health insecurity are facing additional barriers and inequities. We have compiled 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:

Remember that you are not alone and supports remain available to you:

  • 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:800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.
  • The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities:1−844-762-8483
  • The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT:1-877-565-8860 This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
  • The Deaf Hotline is available 24/7 through video phone (1-855-812-1001), email and chat for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled survivors.
  • National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT 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.

You will find information about the CARES Act and Support for Working Families here.

Safety Plans and Self-Care:

Resources for Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Organizations:

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:

Remote Workplace and Technology Resources

Shelter Care and Supporting Unhoused People

Community Care:

Social distancing does not have to lead to social isolation. 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:

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?”

Financial Relief for Vulnerable Communities:

We are updating these resources continuously. If you have information to share, please contact the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence at health@futureswithoutviolence.org, with the subject line “COVID19 Resource.”