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

March 12, 2020

Updated on April 2

As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues in the United States, many are preparing to work from home, face quarantines, and encounter some level of 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. **

Resources from NNEDV

Resources from Governmental and International Agencies

Resources from National Domestic Violence Organizations

Resources from Other National Organizations: 

Resources in Other Languages

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:

  • Regular hand-washing with soap and water. 
  • “Social distancing” to help slow the spread 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