Information on COVID-19 for Survivors

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Information on COVID-19 for Survivors

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.

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.
    • 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. 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.
    • 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.

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

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. ReadHow to help someone who is in an abusive relationship.”