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Preventing & Managing the Spread of COVID-19 Within Domestic Violence Programs
In an effort to strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations serving domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their children, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), in coordination with the DVHTAC TA Team, has compiled resources that offer helpful guidance for DV and SA programs preparing for and responding to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) (as well as survivors who may be quarantined in their homes). A wealth of information and recommendations have been developed and made widely available by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Futures Without Violence, National Health Center for the Homeless Council, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that can be adapted and used by community-based domestic violence programs. 

During this challenging time, we should remain mindful of individuals and communities with limited or no access to affordable healthcare, safe and stable housing, financial security, nutritious meals, daycare, reliable transportation, connection to social support, etc. It’s important to remember survivors often hold low-wage jobs and unstable work, and many of these positions have limited to no benefits, insecure futures, or have been eliminated all together. There are also large segments of our population in fear of their safety, not only at home but in accessing life-saving services in their communities. Domestic violence programs should explore resources within and outside of their communities to respond to the needs of those most impacted by policies and practices that further social inequalities.

Additionally, in this time when social distancing, self-quarantine and intentional isolation are being promoted as key strategies to flatten the curve (reduce the prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities), it’s important that we remember home is not always a safe place, and magnify the importance of community care when it comes to cultivating resilience in the face of hardship.
The Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC) believes in the power of individuals, families, and communities to heal and thrive. We will continue to share resources and guidance to support each other and cultivate hope, healing, and well-being for all.
 
Join Us!

Peer Support Call on COVID-19:
Resources for Coalitions, Safe Housing Providers, Victim Service Providers,
and Advocates

Date/Time: Thursday, March 19th from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. PT / 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. CT / 3:00 - 4:30 ET
 
Join members of the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium TA Team for an opportunity to ask questions, process issues, and provide mutual support on the impact of COVID-19 virus in safe housing programs. We will discuss strategies, legal implications, and national and local guidance around the virus.
 

Intended audience: Domestic and/or sexual violence organizations, and homeless/housing organizations who work with domestic violence survivors                                                                                                                                                                                         


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If you have questions or need technical assistance, please contact the DVHTAC TA team here. For non-emergency requests, please allow 3-5 business days for response. Additionally, the NRCDV websites provides a Contact Form for specific requests related or unrelated to COVID-19.
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Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
 
The Consortium, launched in 2015, provides training, technical assistance, and resource development at the critical intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and sexual assault. Funded by a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consortium supports a TA Team of six national organizations: Collaborative Solutions, the National Alliance for Safe Housing, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Corporation for Supportive Housing. The Consortium works collaboratively to improve policies and practices that strengthen efforts to build safe and supportive housing options for domestic and sexual violence survivors. 

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This project is sponsored under awards from the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office on Violence Against Women and the Office for Victims of Crime at the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The interagency collaboration established this domestic violence and housing technical assistance consortium to provide national domestic violence and housing training and resource development.







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