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Resources on the Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 12, 2020

Last updated on October 20, 2021.

As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues in the United States, many are working remotely from home, facing quarantines or self-isolation, and encountering disruption to their daily activities. For the elderly, those with preexisting conditions or other health challenges, and other higher-risk individuals, the spread of the virus may also bring anxiety. And for individuals experiencing domestic violence, this public health situation can expose additional dangers.

Advocates working in local programs and shelters are facing additional challenges as they seek to continue uninterrupted services for survivors. In response to the request of guidance and resources for emergency preparedness for domestic violence shelters and programs concerning the novel coronavirus, below are some recommendations and resources.

** We will continue to update this post as new information and resources become available. **

Online Information Clinic videos: website content:

CARES Act Relief Payments from NNEDV, the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice, and The Community Tax Law Project.

Webinar 1, Wednesday, March 25 Coronavirus and women’s shelters: Planning, preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. View recording.

Webinar 2, Wednesday April 1 Report on Coronavirus Webinar 2: Policy perspectives on protection of victims of domestic violence. View recording.

Webinar 3, Wednesday, April 8 Using technology to support victims during a public health crisis. View recording.

Webinar 4, Wednesday, April 15 at 6 pm ET - Using technology to support victims during a public health crisis. View recording.

Webinar 5, Wednesday, April 22 at 11am ET - Serving survivors with COVID-19 — Sharing success stories and challenges from around the world. View recording.

Webinar 6, Wednesday, April 29 at 6 pm ET - Supporting women at a distance during COVID-19: Updates from Australia and New ZealandView recording.

Webinar 7, Wednesday, May 6 pm ET - Fundraising to keep shelter services going during a public health crisis. View recording.

Webinar 8, Wednesday, May 20 - Updates from around the globe: Morocco, India, Trinidad & Tobago, and Brazil. View recording.

Webinar 9, Wednesday, June 3 - The Impact of Reopening Communities on Supportive Services. View recording.

Webinar 10, Wednesday, June 17 - Impact of Reopening Communities on Supportive Services. View recording.

Webinar 11, Wednesday, July 1 - Heading Off the Risk of Exploitation. View recording.



The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide from the National Center for Transgender Equality

Tips for When Staying Home Isn’t the Safest Plan from the New York City Anti-Violence Project

CARES Act Relief Payments from NNEDV, the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice, and The Community Tax Law Project.

What You Need to Know: Symptoms, Prevention, and Hygiene

Symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, shortness of breath and coughing. These symptoms can be associated with a number of illnesses including Influenza (flu).

The following are basic preventative actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people. The appropriate use, storage, and cleaning or disposal are essential to make masks as effective as possible.
  • Regular hand-washing with soap and water.
  • “Social distancing” of 6 feet to prevent and reduce the risk of infection.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough.

Domestic violence (DV) programs should contact their local health departments for more guidance and updates about COVID-19. Additionally, as advocates are not medical professionals, advocates should rely on the assessment of a health professional when it comes to the need to have someone in a quarantine situation. In line with best practice and FVPSA regulations, programs cannot require survivors to submit to tests or evaluation in order to access services.

If you have any questions or need any technical assistance, please contact NNEDV’s CTA team at capacity_ta(at)

Public Health Resources on Coronavirus

Department of Public Health and Social Services Resources
Resources for Responding to Coronavirus – from the Alaska Network on Domestic and Sexual Violence

American Samoa
Department of Human and Social Services

Department of Health Services Resources

Department of Health Guidance and Resources

Department of Public Health Updates
Guidance on Planning Mass Gatherings
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California
Emergency Preparedness Toolkit from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

Department of Public Health & Environment Facts and Resources
COVID-19/Coronavirus Information and Resources from Violence Free Colorado

Connecticut Updates from the Connecticut Public Health State Laboratory

Department of Public Health FAQ and Updates

District of Columbia – Health Advisories and Facts
Recommendations on Large Gatherings
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response from the DC Coalition to End Domestic Violence

Florida Health Updates

Department of Public Health Guidelines and Resources

Department of Public Health and Social Services – Press Releases on Coronavirus

Department of Updates and Resources

Idaho – Official Resources

Department of Public Health

State Department of Health Resource Center

Department of Public Health

Department of Health & Environment Resource CenterResources on the Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Direct Services Providers – KCASDV

Cabinet for Health and Human Services – Department for Public Health

Department of Health

Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Disease Surveillance

Department of Health

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Information on Coronavirus

Department of Health & Human Services 

Department of Health

State Department of Health

Department of Health & Senior Services

Department of Public Health & Human Services

Department of Health and Human Services

Division of Public and Behavioral Health

New Hampshire
Department of Health and Human Services

New Jersey
Department of Health Communicable Disease Service
Resources on the Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – from the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence

New Mexico
Department of Health

New York
Department of Health

North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services
COVID-19 Updates from the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

North Dakota
Department of Health
COVID-19 Response & Resources from CAWS North Dakota

Northern Mariana Islands
Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation

Department of Health Resources for Local Health Districts and Providers

Oklahoma Prevention and Preparedness Acute Disease Service

Oregon Health Authority

Department of Health
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Resources from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Puerto Rico
Departamento de Salud (Spanish)

Rhode Island
Department of Health

South Carolina
Department of Health and Environmental Control

South Dakota
Department of Health

Department of Health

Department of State Health Services
COVID-19 Resource Center from the Texas Council on Family Violence
Understanding the Impact of Hurricane Harvey on Family Violence Survivors in Texas and Those Who Serve Them

Tribal Areas
Bureau of Indian Affairs – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak
Indian Country Today – Indian Country’s COVID-19 Syllabus

Department of Health

Department of Health
COVID-19 Update from the Vermont Network

Department of Health

Virgin Islands
Department of Health

State Department of Health
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Response to Coronavirus & Resource Round-Up

West Virginia
Department of Health and Human Resources

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Department of Health