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Social Distancing & Advocacy

"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have." -Theodore Roosevelt

Thank you all for your flexibility during this time. 

We have had to become creative in the ways that we advocate and safety plan with survivors.

Here are some key points from the Safety Planning During COVID-19 Webinar:

  • The stress and financial strain occurring during this pandemic is very likely to cause additional conflict between survivors and their abusers.
  • It is important that we create safety plans for the changing circumstances of the survivors that we work with.
  • Things to consider:
    • Is the abuser within hearing distance?
    • Survivors may have less time to talk.
    • Can virtual contact with family, school, friends, or church act as a safety net?
    • Help survivors think outside the box
      • Can they go outside more with the kids to keep more distance?
      • Try to move arguments or confrontations to safer locations in the house (not the kitchen).
    • Validate the survivors concerns and fears surrounding possible abuse and the COVID-19 virus.
  • There may be additional impacts for immigrant survivors. 
    • To learn more about how to work with and support immigrant survivors, complete the FCADV webinar Improving Access to Justice for Immigrant Survivors.

Updates on Victim Compensation Application process:                                                      

Angie is still continuing to assist survivors with Victim Compensation applications. If you are working with a survivor who is interested in applying, here is what you should do:

  • Ask the survivor if he or she has a copy of the police report.
  • If the survivor does not have a police report, have the survivor sign a release for Renae Lewin. 
  • Ask the survivor what date the police report was made to ensure it is in the 30 day time frame. 
  • Refer to Angie, and she will complete the application with the survivor. 

Resources                                                     

Here are some resources that may be helpful to survivors during this pandemic:

Continue to take good precautions and stay safe and healthy during this time!
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