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NHCADSV STATEMENT ON COVID-19 AND CONTINUITY OF SERVICES FOR SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE
March 20, 2020
Contact: Amanda Grady Sexton, (603) 548-9377
As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, the 13 member programs of NHCADSV are committed to ensuring the safety and health of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
In order to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19, in-person advocacy service availability at the Coalition member programs may be reduced at this time. We encourage anyone who may be seeking in-person advocacy to call our statewide hotlines to find out about current status of those services.
Despite potential changes to in-person advocacy services at our 13 member programs, our free and confidential statewide hotlines remain available. Domestic and sexual violence advocates are on-call 24/7 to listen, provide information and referrals, and help survivors get the help, care and support they need. As of this time, we foresee no disruptions to our statewide hotline services.
Although NH courts are closed for most in-person hearings, they remain open for victims who are seeking protective orders and other emergency hearings. Hospitals continue to provide medical care and forensic evidence collection to victims of assault and abuse. And trained, confidential advocates remain available to support victims through these processes.
The news and ever-changing circumstances of COVID-19 can be distressing for many, especially those who may not feel safe in their own home. As people are spending more time at home and living with uncertainty and increased stressors such as school closures and financial insecurity, the risk of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse may increase. We also understand, that victims of both domestic violence and sexual assault may potentially feel reluctant to seek out medical care at emergency rooms at this time, fearing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The Coalition and our member programs are committed to ensuring that survivors, who may be under increased pressure and potentially increased danger during this time, continue to have access to support and safety.
Survivors can always call their local crisis center to safety plan around their personal circumstances so that they can be safe from violence and abuse and get the care that they need.
The Coalition is working with our state and national partners, as well as our federal delegation on this emergent issue. We will continue to update the public as NHCADSV and our member programs work to ensure survivors’ safety and access to services, while reducing the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
CONFIDENTIAL STATEWIDE HOTLINES
24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline:
24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline:
About the Coalition:
NHCADSV is a statewide network of 13 independent member programs committed to ending sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking, through direct services to victims, community education, and public policy advocacy. The NHCADSV and its 13 member programs do not discriminate based on gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental, or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation. For more information visit www.nhcadsv.org.