[Last updated April 3, 2020]
As domestic violence and sexual assault programs across our state respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 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.
As always, if you have questions, please reach out to Violence Free Colorado staff at email@example.com.
Coronavirus symptoms (COVID-19) include fever, shortness of breath and coughing. These symptoms can be associated with a number of illnesses including flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 page to learn more.
What programs can do right now:
- Colorado is currently under a statewide stay-at-home order through April 11. This means:
- Shelters are considered essential businesses and permitted to remain open
- Consider shifting to remote work where possible, for staff and for mobile advocacy. Our Technology, tele-health and tele-advocacy resources below will get you started.
- Anticipate disruptions to non-essential work travel and large events during the stay-at-home order, and possibly longer
- Reach out to your local health department for more guidance and updates about COVID-19
- Coordinate with staff to make sure everyone knows how to implement your organization’s disaster management and preparedness plan
- Review the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s COVID-19: Coalition Guidance for Programs for technical assistance on confidentiality, protective measures, provision of alternative services and other considerations at shelters
- Discuss plans with program staff and community partners to continue essential services and meet the needs of vulnerable populations
- Best practices and FVPSA regulations state that programs cannot require survivors to submit to tests or evaluations to access services
- Actively encourage employees to stay home if they are feeling sick
- Anticipate that survivors may experience loss of work hours or jobs or lack of access to food, and prioritize distribution of flexible, emergency financial, food and long-term housing assistance to accommodate them
Let us know how this is impacting your programs, survivors, and their families. Violence Free Colorado is in communication right now with the Domestic Violence Program at the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Office for Victims Programs at the Department of Public Safety. Tell us what you need and what survivors say they need to stay safe and get by.
More information & resources
Thank you to The Colorado Health Foundation, who contributed many of these.
- Complete Federal Policy Update (including details on legislative packages and more)
- Catalogue of Health Agency Guidance and Government Response to COVID-19
- NNEDV Update on Federal Funding
- TANF Information: Many programs, and victims individually, get TANF funds in various forms. Some information here indicates some flexibility during the current crisis.
- Colorado COVID-19 website
- Colorado Department on Labor and Employment (resources for workers, employers, etc.)
- Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (information on testing, insurance, care, etc.)
- Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (details on impacts to Medicaid, Children’s Health Plan (CHP), etc.)
- Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative
- Local Government Policy Tracker (details on what cities, counties and school districts across Colorado are doing)
- Colorado Municipal League
- Colorado Counties, Inc.
- Special Districts Association of Colorado
- Apply for the Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund
- Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund
- Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Resources
- Colorado Health Foundation COVID-19 Response
- Philanthropy Colorado Resources on COVID-19 (including list of response funds)
Culturally specific resources
- COVID-19 Resource for Undocumented Communities
- Colorado Center on Law and Policy Resources COVID-19 Resources for Immigrant Families
- Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition COVID-19 Updates and Resources
- USCIS statement on allowing immigrants to use health care to treat COVID-19 without penalty (public charge)
- The Center on Colfax COVID-19 Facebook Response Group
- Coronavirus: What Trans People Need to Know
- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund: Know Your Rights During COVID-19
- How LGBTQ+ People Can Get Help and Resources During Coronavirus
- How Queer People Could Be Impacted by COVID – includes a Fenway Health policy brief on increased infection risks for LGBTQ populations
People with disabilities
- Advocacy Denver COVID-19 Information for People with Disabilities
- Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center Plain Language COVID-19 Information
Resources in languages other than English
- ASL: What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (In ASL)
- Español: Mantenerse segurx durante COVID-19 (para lxs sobrevivientes de violencia)
- Español: Lo que necesita saber sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) – del CDC
- Many languages: CDC Fact Sheets
Racial and ethnic minority communities
- Asian Pacific Development Center COVID-19 Resources (includes several in-language resources)
Housing and homelessness
- Violence Free Colorado’s Housing and Homelessness Resources
- CDC Homeless Shelter Planning
- CDC Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to COVID-2019
- Letter to Landlord Template – Rent Relief COVID-19
- A Colorado Tenant’s Guide to COVID-19. | Versión en español: Una Guía del Inquilino de Colorado para COVID-19
Sexual assault resources
Technology, tele-health and tele-advocacy
- Agency’s Use of Technology: Best Practices & Policies Toolkit
- Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors During a Public Health Crisis
- How to Operate as a Remote Workplace During a Public Health Crisis
- NNEDV’s Tech Safety Blog
- Tele-counseling 101: Providing Services for Survivors
- This may be a frightening and isolating time for survivors and their children. It’s a good time to activate friends and family and community support.
- There’s been an escalation of stigma and racist backlash toward Chinese and Asian communities in the United States around the COVID-19 virus. Be aware of this heightened chance of violence and the impact it may have on those in your community.
Resources for survivors
- Contact your local advocacy agency to confirm service offerings during the COVID-19 health crisis
- WeeCycle provides diaper and formula distributions to individuals. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram to learn more.
- Denver Area Meal Distribution displays locations where children and families can get free meals in the metro area
- The Alliance in Chaffee County provides a local COVID-19 Resource List
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