Staying home due to COVID-19 may be unsafe for people experiencing abuse. Please know that resources are available 24/7 and domestic violence programs across our state are working tirelessly to help people plan for their safety. Get connected here.
It is also an important time to activate friends, family, and community support to help survivors and their children who may be feeling frightened and isolated. Our Friends & Family Guide has tips and tools for how to stay connected. Just reaching out can be incredibly helpful to break isolation.
As domestic violence and sexual assault programs across our state respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in their local communities, we will be sharing resources to help programs stay informed and connected. We will update this post as new information becomes available.
What programs can do right now
Reach out to your local health department. Make contact with health officials in your county who can provide guidance as the situation changes.
Review your agency’s protocols for influenza or other infectious disease prevention. Following these guidelines will be helpful to preventing the spread of COVID-19. If you are unable to find supplies of hand sanitizer or other hygiene and cleaning products, contact your local health jurisdiction.
Plan with program staff and community partners for how you will continue to provide essential services and meet the needs of vulnerable populations. See the Emergency Preparedness Resources below for step by step guides.
Actively encourage employees to stay home if they are feeling sick. See the Employer & Employee Resources below for guidance and information on new benefits available.
If you have questions about meeting contract deliverables while following public health guidance for the pandemic, please reach out to your contract monitors to discuss what you can do.
Consider hazard pay for employees who are providing or have provided in-person support and services during the pandemic. Programs can use regular funding sources for this pay as long as a written policy is in place. Contact us if you have additional questions about how to do this.
Information is developing quickly. Follow these websites for frequent updates.