Prevention Work in the Face of COVID-19 (April 2020)
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What does gender-based violence prevention look like
in the face of COVID-19?

Despite the fear, despair, and uncertainty our communities are experiencing, there is an abundance of connectedness, support, and hope. And while the scope and impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented, so has been the outpouring of community care, deep concern about the varying adverse impacts on our sibligs across the globe, and efforts to take tangible action to support each other's well-being.

At this moment in time, each of us is experiencing both the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the systemic response to it, which has exposed structural injustice and inequity in new and profound ways. At its core, prevention work is about fostering thriving individuals, families, and communities, which makes addressing the impact of COVID-19 imperative at this challenging and uncertain time.

We are seeing the work that must be done to promote 1) health equity, 2) racial justice, and 3) community care as sustainable remedies to foster healthy and thriving communities. 

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has gathered resources capturing diverse perspectives on this work as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis, in addition to resources that can be utilized by preventionists, educators and caregivers alike to help foster family resilience, justice, and hope.


Redefining WE: Building Beloved Communities

By Arlene Vassell, Vice President of Programs, Prevention and Social Change

“Thriving, healing and hurting can all happen simultaneously.”

To begin the journey of healing, hope, restoration and meaningful connection, NRCDV offers a compilation of resources that respond to themes that have emerged from recent COVID-19 technical assistance requests and conversations with advocates and preventionists.
We’d love to hear from you! 
What does your prevention work look like?
What resources have been helpful to you?
Please contact us to share. 
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“We wish to build the social fabric and transform the isolation within our communities into connectedness and caring for the whole.”

Peter Block, from Community: The Structure of Belonging as featured in Building Beloved Community from Transforming Communities
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“We are among millions of people in our country who are choosing one another, knowing in this moment the forces of fear, hate, and violence have become more visible and empowered.”

We Choose All of Us from the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
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“This pandemic reminds us that we are all only as safe and healthy as the most vulnerable and under-resourced among us.” 

Taking Action for Health, Justice, and Belonging in the Age of COVID-19 from Medium
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"Free your emotions, put your thoughts on a piece of paper or in a document on your computer! And, hey, maybe this will be the start of a desire to write more often! People need to hear you, by any means possible!" - Ilinca

Studying at home due to coronavirus? This is how young people around the world are keeping their mood up from Voices of Youth
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This publication was made possible by Grant Number #90EV0428 to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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