As concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, we are calling on Congress to act. Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your web browser
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, domestic violence survivors remain disproportionately impacted by this new way of life. While the CARES Act provided $45 million in desperately needed funding for domestic violence programs to quickly house survivors and provide additional support, there are still gaps that leave some survivors in danger. Unfortunately, this money is only a fraction of what is needed across the country, the bill did not address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and critical policy changes were not included.
Though many states are “flattening the curve,” communities still urge residents to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Tragically, home is an unsafe place for those experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse. Survivors need housing, economic assistance, legal advocacy, and healthcare to stay safe. Domestic violence programs are grappling with the unprecedented challenge of sheltering survivors and providing life-saving services while following distance and separation protocols.
Specifically, tell your Members of Congress that survivors need sexual assault services, housing, shelter, and victim advocacy. Culturally specific communities, underserved populations, and tribes need access to these resources. Programs that serve survivors need flexible funds to meet survivors’ diverse and urgent needs.
Thank you for supporting survivors and helping keep families safe and healthy during this uncertain time.
For safety and peace,
Deborah J. Vagins NNEDV President and CEO
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