COVID-19 Resources

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233

If you are not in a safe place to talk, you can text the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Text LOVEIS to 22522.

 

Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP): 240-777-1355

VASAP is doing virtual and telephone meetings for survivors and victims of sexual assault. VASAP does not provide crisis services. If you are experiencing an urgent crisis, call the Montgomery County Crisis Center at (240) 777-4000 or call 911. 

 

Montgomery County Domestic Violence Emergency Shelters 

In Montgomery County, Maryland survivors and victims of domestic violence seeking emergency shelter must go through the Montgomery County Crisis Center. Call the Crisis Center at 240-777-4000 or walk-in at 1301 Piccard Dr, Rockville, MD 20850.

 

DC Domestic Violence Emergency Shelters

DC’s process for providing shelter is challenging to navigate. Your safest option in a crisis is to seek immediate assistance at a DC police station or emergency room. Most DC shelters require an intake, as well as a referral process. If you are not in an urgent situation and still in the information-gathering phase, the following numbers may prove helpful: 

  • DC Victim Hotline: 844-443-5732
  • DC Shelter Hotline: 202-399-7093
  • House of Ruth: 202-667-7001
  • My Sister’s Place: 202-529-5261
  • Calvary Women’s Services: 202-678-2341

Victim Legal Network of DC
VLNDC is conducting intakes by phone at (202) 629-1788) or online via intake form. VLNDC provides victims of crime with access to legal service organizations that can provide legal help with a variety of issues including family law, Civil Protection Orders, immigration, crime victims’ rights and compensation. 

Network for Victim Recovery of DCNVRDC is conducting legal intakes, providing brief legal advice, and connecting victims to advocates via phone at (202) 742-1727. Clients should leave a voicemail and calls will be returned. 

Sexual assault forensic medical exams (also known as “rape kits”): Advocates are still responding to the hospital for those exams. Sexual assault victims may access these services by calling the DC Victim Hotline 24/7/ at 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732) or access the online chat here

 

Information for Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors about COVID-19, as provided by the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 

Abuse is about power and control. When survivors are forced to stay in the home or in close proximity to their abuser more frequently, an abuser can use any tool to exert control over their victim, including a national health concern such as COVID-19. In a time where companies may be encouraging that their employees work remotely, and the CDC is encouraging “social distancing,” an abuser may take advantage of an already stressful situation to gain more control.

Here’s how COVID-19 could uniquely impact intimate partner violence survivors:

  • Abusive partners may withhold necessary items, such as hand sanitizer or disinfectants.
  • Abusive partners may share misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or to prevent them from seeking appropriate medical attention if they have symptoms.
  • Abusive partners may withhold insurance cards, threaten to cancel insurance, or prevent survivors from seeking medical attention if they need it.
  • Programs that serve survivors may be significantly impacted –- shelters may be full or may even stop intakes altogether. 
  • Survivors may also fear entering shelter because of being in close quarters with groups of people.Survivors who are older or have chronic heart or lung conditions may be at increased risk in public places where they would typically get support, like shelters, counseling centers, or courthouses.
  • Travel restrictions may impact a survivor’s escape or safety plan – it may not be safe for them to use public transportation or to fly.

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