This page of resources is for people who come into contact with domestic abuse survivors and support them during Covid-19.
You are welcome to complete the self-guided, 30minute e-learning course we have created Supporting Survivors During Covid-19. This is free to anyone before the 31st of December.
We have split these resources thematically so that it is easy to navigate.
For further signposts around Covid-19 and domestic abuse, see:
- SafeLives: Domestic abuse and COVID-19
- Women’s Aid: Covid-19: Safety advice for survivors
- VAMHN: COVID-19 resources
General domestic abuse resources (written resources/guides)
- UK Gov’t: Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse.
- SCIE: Domestic violence and abuse: Safeguarding during the COVID-19 crisis.
- UK Aid: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Violence against Women and Girls.
- Women’s Aid: Safety and Wellbeing Advice for Survivors.
- Women’s Aid: Resource for friends, family, neighbours and community members.
- SafeLives: Key issues for domestic abuse victims in the Coronavirus pandemic.
- The Prince’s Responsible Business Network: COVID-19: Domestic Abuse Toolkit for Employers.
- John Hopkins Medicine: (webinars) The Emotional Toll of COVID: PTSD, Domestic Violence, and Suicide.
- Solace: (webinars) Supporting Survivors During Covid-19
- Online Counselling Programmes: resources across identifying domestic abuse, Covid-19, hotlines & orgs about domestic violence.
- Surviving Economic Abuse: Economic Abuse and the Coronavirus Outbreak.
Children and young people
- SafeLives: Guidance for supporting young people during covid-19.
- Children’s Commissioner: Children, domestic abuse and coronavirus.
- NSPCC: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and keeping children safe from abuse
- Homeless Link: (webinar) Meeting young people’s psychological needs during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond
- Rights of Women: Guidance on Covid-19 and Child Contact
- (for children) Children’s Commissioner: Children’s guide to coronavirus.
- (for children) UK gov’t: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Looking after your feelings and your body.
- National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health: Tips on Supporting Children and Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: What You Might See and What You Can Do
- VAMHN: Safe, Seen, Supported: How to reach and help children and young people experiencing abuse in their house.
Housing and accommodation
- Public Health England: Guidance on isolation for domestic abuse safe-accommodation settings.
- Single Homelessness Project: A guide to domestic abuse and sexual violence during COVID-19 outbreak
- UK Gov’t: COVID-19: guidance on isolation for domestic abuse safe-accommodation settings.
- Homeless Link: (webinar) Ensuring digital inclusion for those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond
- Homeless Link: (webinar) Modern Slavery, Homelessness, and COVID-19
- Homeless Link: (webinar) Ensuring the safety of women experiencing homelessness during the COVID19 crisis
- Online Counselling Programmes: resources on finding housing, information about the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence
- Women’s Aid: Dedicated service for professionals working with survivors of domestic abuse, seeking refuge accommodation and support.
- Pathfinder: COVID-19: Guidance on how to respond to domestic abuse during lockdown for healthcare professionals.
- MEAM: multiple recordings and blogs on multiple disadvantage and COVID-19.
- SAMSHA: Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19
- NCDVTMH: Supporting Survivors’ Access to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Emergency
- Homeless Link: (webinar) Homelessness and Multiple Disadvantage during the COVID-19 crisis
- Homeless Link: (webinar) Supporting Women Involved in Sex Work and Survival Sex. (Considers the key issues women are facing during COVID-19 and beyond).
- Agenda: Voices From Lockdown: One Year On: A way forward for women and girls.
- Alcohol Change: Alcohol and domestic abuse in the context of Covid-19 restrictions.
- SSA: COVID-19, alcohol and domestic abuse: Sarah Fox talks to the SSA
- (for survivors) Yale Programme: Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
Women living with disability
- Sisters of Frida: The Impact of COVID 19 on Disabled Women.
- Humanity and Inclusion: Women with Disabilities at Higher Risk of Domestic and Sexual Violence with COVID-19
Black and minoritised women
- Imkaan: The Impact of the Two Pandemics: VAWG and COVID-19 on Black and Minoritised Women and Girls.
- IOM: The additional risks of COVID-19 for migrant women, and how to address them
- Me Too Movement: Measuring the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Survivors of Colour (US)
- Me Too Movement: ‘me too’ Survivor Healing Series (survivors of sexual violence)
- KSS CRC: Domestic Abuse, Covid-19 and BAME Communities.
- Homeless Link: (webinar) Supporting LGBTQ+ young people during lockdown and beyond
- Galop: Information for Survivors of Sexual Violence During COVID-19 and Beyond
Tech and digital support
- AVA: Digital Safeguarding Resource Pack.
- Refinery29: In The Age Of Zoom Calls, Online Abuse Survivors Are Forced To Relive Trauma
- UN Women: online and ICT* facilitated violence against women and girls during COVID-19
- Women’s Aid & Facebook’s guide to staying safe online.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence: Managed by the Safety Net Project this blog discusses technology, privacy, and safety in the context of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and violence against women.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence: Best Practices When Using Mobile Devices for Advocacy
- EVAW: The Ripple Effect: COVID-19 and the Epidemic of Online Abuse
Training and additional support
At AVA we provide training for professionals. This has now switched online and we also offer e-learning. Training can provide a space both to upskill, and learn from your peers about best practice. Look at our training webpage for upcoming training opportunities – including open access free training.
If you are working with survivors with specific needs that you/your organization does not specialise in, or you are not working in the specialist domestic abuse sector, then be sure to signpost your service users on to more appropriate support.