COVID-19 Response and Resources
As the public health crisis around COVID-19 quickly changes the way people are interacting with each other and the government calls for physical distancing to slow community spread, survivors of recent or ongoing sexual and intimate partner violence face unique challenges. Below are resources for advocates and others interested in supporting survivors.
The Action Alliance has collected these resources that deal with issues around responding to COVID-19, or Coronavirus, in our communities. We hope they not only provide needed information, but also help center disability justice, community care, and trauma-informed care in our our response to this situation. VIEW THE RESOURCE LIST.
You may have seen some local articles and stories about increases in sexual and domestic violence calls in Virginia during this pandemic (and here’s one at the national level). We expect that trend to continue as we continue to be in a “stay-at-home” order in Virginia and stressors pile up on individuals (e.g., loss of jobs and wages, strains on interpersonal relationships with people/families in close quarters, etc.).
The Action Alliance is Virginia’s leading voice on sexual and domestic violence, and we’re launching a statewide awareness campaign to let survivors know they can get support by calling our hotline.
You can join us by printing and posting flyers in your community and sharing resources with essential workers on your routine grocery trip, when you get gas, etc.
In this folder, you will find three (3) resources:
- 2-Pager for Hospitals and Healthcare Settings: This resource can be shared at hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, and other places that employ healthcare workers. This sheet includes steps that healthcare providers can take to support survivors that they come in contact with.
- Poster for Grocery Stores and Schools: This resource can be shared at grocery stores, schools, ABC stores, gas stations, restaurants, and any other public place you may visit during this time. This flyer is targeted to survivors and lets them know that support is available to them by calling the Statewide Hotline.
- Tip Sheet for Cashiers: Please share this resource with cashiers at grocery stores, schools, ABC stores, gas stations, restaurants, and any other public place you may visit during this time. This sheet will help essential workers identify customers who may be experiencing or causing harm and provides them with the resources they need to help.