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Coronavirus: Resources and Information

First and foremost, we want you to know that sexual and domestic violence organizations across Massachusetts are open and available to talk with you about your options. Please call or send a message before showing up to their office as most are providing remote support only during the current ‘stay at home’ order in effect through April 7, 2020.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please continue to reach out to your local sexual or domestic violence program.
As all of us, including domestic violence and sexual assault programs in Massachusetts, are making daily decisions for ourselves, our loved ones, and our workplaces in light of the evolving situation caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  JDI has gathered some key resources to help you, people impacted by violence, and programs stay informed and connected. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

These are especially challenging times for survivors who may face additional isolation and risk as well as economic hardship. It’s times like these that we need to show that we are stronger together and will not be divided by xenophobic and racist beliefs that are at the root of all oppressions. Accordingly, we are speaking out against bigotry, discrimination and violence against Asian and Chinese communities here in the US and abroad in as COVID-19 continues to spread here in Massachusetts and around the globe. We are advocating for the humane release of immigrants from ICE detention centers and supporting efforts to release non-violent offenders from prison.  Indeed our work and the response to this pandemic will be driven by our values and analysis that we must focus on and follow the needs of those who are most marginalized. To explore more, one resource is Healing Justice which has published resources and a podcast addressing these intersections: Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens.

Articles and resources for the general public

What community based programs can do right now

  • Review materials and guidance put together by the National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Reference the guidance prepared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for communal living and community based service providers.
  • Review this example of How to reduce flu in shelters
  • Reach out to your local health department. Make contact with health officials in your municipality and 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. 
  • Actively encourage employees to stay home if they are feeling sick. Check back here for Employer and Employee Resources for guidance and information on benefits and personnel matters. 

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