Center on Domestic Violence Finds New Ways to Ensure Safety & Resources During COVID-19May 15, 2020
Center on Domestic Violence Finds New Ways to Ensure Safety & Resources During COVID-19
By: Katherine Cavanaugh, Volunteer
The scope of domestic violence is always difficult to measure and it is increasingly hard during the COVID-19 pandemic when families are isolated to their homes. Domestic violence increases with times of crisis, loss of power, and close proximity - all of which the virus has made common. The circumstances of COVID-19 have compelled the Center of Domestic Violence to adapt to continue to serve survivors.
Each unique program of CDV is answering the call for new strategies with passionate and inventive work. END violence, a youth-centered program at the CDV designed to empower K-12 schools with resources for survivors, has readjusted alongside the school systems they service. Some of the measures the END violence program is taking include introducing telehealth services and have created a landing page with youth-centered healthy relationship resources.
2020 marks the Center's 20th year of service. The center planned to hold events for its 20th-anniversary but have now come up with ways to do so over Zoom and social media to continue to engage the community in their pursuit of effecting change and ending violence. CDV’s technical assistance programs to large universities and rural communities across the US are organizing tool kits for service providers and grantee’s.
In this crisis, the work of the CDV grows even more critical to let survivors and advocates know they are not forgotten. In order to achieve this and flatten the simultaneous spike of IPV that is likely during this time, it is going to take a coordinated community effort.
“CDV is an integral part of that coordinated effort as a resource for advocates, students, and survivors across the globe,” says Sarah Staron of the CDV. “The CDV is more dedicated than ever to taking a leadership role in our movement to end gender violence.”
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