Staying home due to COVID-19 may be unsafe for people experiencing abuse. Resources are available 24/7 and domestic violence programs across Utah are working tirelessly to help people plan for their safety. Get connected here.
Now is also an important time to actively reach out to friends, family, and community to help survivors and their children who may be feeling afraid and isolated. Simply reaching out can be incredibly helpful to break the isolation pattern. For tips and tools on how family, friends and others can stay connected during this time, call our 24-hour LINKLine: 1-800-897-LINK (5465).
What Programs Can Do Right Now:
- Reach out to your local health department and make contact with health officials in your county who can provide guidance as the situation changes.
- Review your agency’s protocols for influenza and/or other infectious disease prevention. Following these guidelines will be helpful to preventing the spread of COVID-19. If you are unable to find supplies of hand sanitizer or other hygiene and cleaning products, contact your local health jurisdiction.
- Plan with program staff and community partners for how you will continue to provide essential services and meet the needs of vulnerable populations. For step-by-step guides, see the Emergency Preparedness Resources below.
- Actively encourage employees to stay home if they are feeling sick. For guidance and information on new benefits available, see the Employer & Employee Resources below.
Information is developing quickly. Follow these websites for frequent updates.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
- Utah Coronavirus Response
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Utah Department of Health
Domestic Violence Advocacy Resources
Guidance for domestic violence advocacy programs from NNEDV:
- COVID-19: Coalition Guidance for Programs (includes important reminders about confidentiality and health information)
- Digital Services Toolkit
- Best Practices When Using Mobile Devices for Advocacy
- How to Operate as a Remote Workplace During a Public Health Crisis
- Federal Policy Update (highlights which include details on legislative packages)
- TANF Information: some programs, and victims individually, get TANF funds in various forms. Some information here indicates some flexibility during the current crisis
- OVW: Important federal guidelines for grant flexibility during COVID19
- NNEDV Update on Federal Funding
Housing and Homelessness
- Utah Homelessness Updates
- CDC Homeless Shelter Planning
- Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers
Mental Health: A Guide for Seniors
Resources for Tribal Programs
- Guidance for Tribal Programs from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
- Resources for Indian Country from the National Congress of American Indians
- Resources for Tribal Public Health from the National Indian Health Board
General Information and Guidance
- Links to Coronavirus information in other languages
- U of U Novel Coronavirus fact information
- Printable handouts and posters (available in multiple languages)
- Reducing stigma resources
- Guide to Parenting & Family Health During COVID-19
- CDC Recommends Use of Bivalent COVID-19 Booster
Emergency Preparedness Resources
- Utah planning for a Coronavirus—businesses
- HUD COVID-19 Daily Resource Digest for housing and homeless service providers
Employer and Employee Resources
- Utah Response for Employees (scroll towards bottom)
- The Unemployment Law Project offers free advice if you think you may be eligible for unemployment leave or paid family medical leave.
- Administrative Leave Updates—Office of Personnel Management
Resources for Shelters and Facilities
- Cleaning and disinfection recommendations
- List of cleaning products that are effective against COVID-19
- Sanitation and hygiene fact sheet for homeless service providers
- Home isolation guidelines for individuals in permanent supportive housing
Financial Assistance and Support for Families
- State of Utah resources including financial assistance, food & housing support, health and mental health resources, support for immigrants, childcare, and more.
Inspiration and Encouragement
- 10 songs for washing your hands that aren’t “Happy Birthday”
- Welcome to WashYourHandsingTon! video, graphics & jingle
- Wash Your Hands poem