COVID-19 (Coronavirus Pandemic): Resources for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence
The Coronavirus Pandemic have effect victims and survivors of domestic violence in adverse way. Calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline have rose to 40 percent since Coronavirus Pandemic hit the United States in early 2020. As result of the COVID-19-19 Pandemic federal, state and local government elected officials mandate that everyone at here to the CDC guidelines to slow the spread of Coronavirus by mandate a “Stay At Home” orders and requiring everyone to quarantine themselves and family members to shelter in place at home. This shelter in place method of quarantine is extremely dangerous for victims and survivors of domestic violence when you living they are living with their abusive partner or spouse. It is important for victims and survivors of domestic violence to know they are note allow. There is help. Here are some resources that victims and survivors of domestic violence can use if they ate sheltering in place at home with their abuser.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline – number is 1-800-799-7233 and through chat https://www.thehotline.org/help
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7 confidential and free 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) and through chat.
- The Strong Hearts Native Helpline for domestic / sexual violence is available 7 am – 10 pm CT confidential and specifically for native communities 1-844-762-8483.
- The Trans Lifeline for peer support for trans folks 9 am to 3 am CT 1-877-565-8860 This hotline staff exclusively by trans operate is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
- The Deaf Hotline is a available 24 / 7 through video phone (1-855-812-1001), email and chat for Deaf, Deaf Blind, Deaf Disabled Survivors.
- National Parent Helpline Monday – Friday 12 pm – 9 am 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 at this link https:/ batjc.worksheet.com/pods-and-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 they a safe person to reach out to ? Consider connections 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 at this link https://www.futurewithoutviolence.org/Support-for-Working-Families.
On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to address the health and economic i parts of COVID-19. The CARES Act is the third pandemic response package so far, and it provides approximately $2 Trillion of funding in 4. main areas.
- Cash assistance to individuals and families
- Relief funding for impacted industries
- Major cash infusion for hospitals
- Social Services
Unemployment Benefits and the Coronavirus
The federal government has allowed states to change their unemployment benefits and laws. It lets them provide unemployment benefits for situations related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has expanded benefits further. It authorizes:
- Self-employed workers and gig workers to receive unemployment benefits.
- All unemployed workers to receive an extra $600 a week for up to six (6) months.
- Unemployment workers to get an extra 13 weeks of benefits beyond the number a state currently provides
Contact your’s state unemployment insurance program for more information and to apply for benefits.
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