In order to truly make “every home a safe home” we must acknowledge and work to change all systems of violence and oppression.
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Dear Supporter,

As anti-violence advocates, NNEDV stands in opposition to the injustices and oppression we are witnessing across America. I am outraged by the violent assaults on Black life in America and condemn the horrific acts of violence and bias across the country, which are occurring in so many of the communities we work to support.

In this newsletter, we also discuss the inequities laid bare by COVID-19. The pandemic has ignited anti-Asian, anti-Black, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant hostility and bias. We must acknowledge this is part of a larger pattern of systemic and structural racism that includes police brutality and state-sanctioned violence. In order to truly make “every home a safe home” we must acknowledge and work to change all systems of violence and oppression. NNEDV is examining how we currently approach our work, and how we can better support and uplift the work of our partners advocating for racial justice, immigrant rights, religious freedom and more. I hope you’ll join us in challenging racial injustice in our fight to end domestic violence.

Rejecting Violence Everywhere

NNEDV joins and supports our national, statewide, tribal, territorial, and local partners in calling for an end to the discrimination and structural racism that underlie police brutality and state-sanctioned violence. We advocate for all survivors to have the right to a safe home. But when that home, the streets, playgrounds, public parks, schools, and places of worship are also not safe for survivors of color due in part to the systemic and structural racism that exists, we know that survivors and communities cannot feel safe relying on these systems.

All forms of violence and oppression are connected, and you cannot fight against one form of injustice and not fight against others. We must work together to dismantle the systems of oppression that enable all forms of violence wherever they occur. 

Read the full statement here.

The Work Continues: Centering Survivors
in Times of Crisis

As we enter into another month of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic, NNEDV honors the tireless efforts of advocates and programs across the country, who are working every day to keep the lights on and the doors open to survivors in need. While the advice around the world continues to be, “stay at home,” we know that home is not a safe place for everyone. As we continue to monitor the trends in the United States, our WomensLaw Email Hotline has reported that COVID-related inquiries tripled between March and April.

Moreover, the pandemic, and the nation’s response to it, has further exposed the already-existing inequities in our culture in healthcare access and outcomes, employment and economic supports, and more. We must consciously and intentionally address these deficits and create a system that properly cares for and supports all communities.

Read the full statement here.

"Night of Solidarity" In Support of
Survivors and Advocates

On May 13, NNEDV participated in "Night of Solidarity," a live stream hosted by Refinery29 and the Meteor to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

During the program, I called for the inclusion of much-needed funding and policy improvements in the next COVID-19 relief package that will benefit local programs and help survivors address ongoing and urgent needs resulting from the pandemic. The Night of Solidarity included stories, performances, and conversations in support of survivors  and offered opportunities for a deeper understanding of violence informed by survivors’ and advocates’ perspectives. 

Watch the recording (catch my remarks at around 1:37:30, but please enjoy the rest of the amazing speakers)!

A Day of Observance for Missing and
Murdered Native Women and Children

On May 5, NNEDV joined its national partners, allies, and advocates in recognizing the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, a day of observance created to shine a light on the staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls. In some areas, American Indian and Alaska Native women are murdered at a rate 10 times the national average. NNEDV joined the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) to demand #MMIWGActionNow through a national Twitter chat and discuss the urgent need for legislative and policy changes.

NNEDV will continue to work alongside our American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian partners to ensure that missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are not invisible. Together, we are calling for safety for ALL survivors will work until it becomes a reality for women in all communities.

Learn More.


NNEDV is "Here For You" on Snapchat

This month, NNEDV partnered with Snapchat to develop a new resource for those in need of information and help. Through its “Here For You” initiative, Snapchat is connecting users with easy access to health and wellness resources. This month, we worked with Snapchat to launch resources specifically tailored to survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones. Right now, if a user searches for domestic violence-related terms (e.g., abuse, violence, or stalking), that user will be connected to several resources from NNEDV through Snapchat's "Get The Help You Deserve When Home Isn't Safe" and "Reaching Out From A Distance" stories. If you use Snapchat, I encourage you to test this out and share it with your loved ones.

Learn More. 

Coercive Control During the Pandemic &
Resources from Safety Net to Help Seek Support

The ongoing pandemic has been an extremely vulnerable time for survivors, and abusers are increasingly using it as an excuse to find new ways to exert control. While some of these tactics may be new, the dynamics of power and control remain the same. 

For survivors who are unable to leave their home to seek help, there are options. We created a guide for survivors seeking help online that includes safety considerations for using phone, text, and chat hotlines, as well as a list of hotlines individuals can use to seek help. (And more resources on online privacy can be found in our Technology Safety & Privacy: A Toolkit for Survivors). 

Earlier this month, we also launched DocuSAFE, a free app that helps survivors collect, store, and share evidence of abuse, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, online harassment, and dating violence. I recommend you learn more about DocuSAFE before downloading to determine if it's right for you.

Learn more about Coercive Control during COVID-19. | Learn more about DocuSAFE.

 Supporting Survivors on Giving Tuesday Now... And Beyond

Finally, I want to thank you for supporting NNEDV on Giving Tuesday Now. Whether you made a donation, shared our resources, or started a Facebook Fundraiser, we are so grateful for your support!

Your efforts help us in our work to create a social, political, and economic environment in which domestic violence no longer exists. Thank you for being a part of this movement.

There’s still time to give! Please consider donating today.

Link Roundup: NNEDV in the News

In case you missed it, NNEDV was featured in the following news articles this month…

  • Huff Post: "[The COVID-19] crisis is showing the fault lines in our social safety net services in general. The services who provide help for survivors are woefully underfunded and under-resourced." - Deborah J. Vagins, President and CEO  
  • Medical News Today: "If you are trapped at home with an abusive partner, don’t let COVID-19 keep you from seeking services. Shelters, local providers, and hotline services are still open [and] can help you make a safety plan." - Deborah J. Vagins, President and CEO  
  • Supermajority: "Domestic violence will continue, and even escalate, if abusive partners choose to take advantage of stressful situations to keep survivors from accessing resources and support." - Deborah J. Vagins, President and CEO  
  • One Zero: "'Creeperware' can have devastating effects when misused. Rachel Gibson (NNEDV) worked with a survivor who missed multiple custody hearings because her abuser was spoofing a state court number to send text messages rescheduling the hearings." 

Thank you for working to support survivors during this difficult time and for joining us in this movement to end violence.

  For safety and peace
  Deborah J. Vagins
  President and CEO



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