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:
- Staying Safe During COVID-19 from the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
- Mantenerse segurx durante COVID-19 – La Línea Nacional Contra la Violencia Doméstica
- myPlan App – a tool to help with safety decisions if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship
- Mutual Aid & Restorative Justice Online Check-in Circles
- Safer Drug Use During The Covid19 Outbreak by the Harm Reduction Coalition
- COVID-19 Sex Worker Harm Reduction Resources from COYOTE RI
- COVID-19 guidance for people experiencing homelessness without shelter from Multnomah County
- 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)
- Frequently Asked Questions Involving Courts and COVID-19 /Preguntas Frecuentes sobre las Cortes y el COVID-19 from the WomensLaw.org
- Self Care During Covid-19 Activity Book from the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
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:
- Supporting Survivors’ Access to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Emergency
- 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
- Resources for Health Based Violence Intervention Services from the HAVI
- 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”
Remote Workplace and Technology Resources
- 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
Shelter Care and Supporting Unhoused People
- 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
- 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
- Resources for women living with HIV experiencing IPV from the Positive Women’s Network
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:
- English – Ways to help children and adults living with violence
Spanish – Formas de ayudar a niños y adultos que viven con violencia
- 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?”
- Social Justice Resources for COVID-19 Response from Irresistible 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
- Helping Others Can Help You Cope With Lockdown from the Greater Good Science Center
- You Have Rights: Protect Your Health – Going To The Doctor from Protecting Immigrant Families
Financial Relief for Vulnerable Communities:
- Coronavirus Care Fund for Domestic and Low Wage Workers organized by The National Domestic Workers Alliance.
- Coronavirus stimulus for people who did not file in 2018, 2019 from the IRS
We are updating these resources continuously. If you have information to share, please contact the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “COVID19 Resource.”