Resources for Domestic Violence Victims
During COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Orders
Finding help and resources for domestic violence victims is more important now than ever.
Shelter-in-place, lockdown, and isolation orders raise fears and concerns for victims of domestic violence and child abuse—where the greatest danger is often in the home.
If you’re a victim or know someone who is, domestic violence organizations are encouraging victims to seek help. Victims of domestic violence face more social isolation in general. Abusers have more tactics at their disposal when victims can’t get away from home.
Finding Online Help
Even with schools, restaurants, and venues closing down, many domestic violence (DV) organizations, hotlines, and shelters are still willing to help. Victims can also seek help from the courts, law enforcement, and emergency services. Our resource information is still available for your use.
Domestic Violence Organizations and Shelters
Social distancing requirements and shelter-in-place orders make it even more difficult for domestic violence victims to seek help. Many shelters are working hard to remain open, and many DV organizations are taking calls and emails. Contact them if you need help.
DV organizations are also working to develop new strategies to support victims during the Coronavirus public emergency, including offering hotline services via online chat or texting in case victims cannot call with an abuser at home.
Below are links to DV organizations with information on how to stay safe during the Coronavirus outbreak:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: Staying Safe During COVID-19; online chat available at thehotline.org
Futures Without Violence: Information on COVID-19 For Survivors, Communities, & DV/SA Programs
RAINN: RAINN Is Here For You, No Matter What; online chat available at rainn.org
Domesticshelters.org: COVID-19 articles available and online chat