Included in this section are resources providing guidelines and recommendations intended to increase the ability of domestic and sexual violence organizations (see “For DV/SA Organizations”) and the individuals they serve (see “For Victims/Survivors”) to more effectively respond after a major disaster or emergency has stricken. Resources designed to address the needs of children are also included here (see “What About the Children?”).
Local domestic and sexual assault programs are encouraged to contact their respective state’s coalition to inquire about existing sample policies and procedures for disaster and emergency response. For a complete list of up-to-date contact information for all domestic and sexual violence coalitions across the United States and its territories, visit NNEDV's State & U.S. Territory Coalitions page.
Disaster Distress Helpline
“SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline dedicated to providing year-round immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor."
During a time of crisis, adapting our work with families impacted by perpetrators’ behaviors is a critical task. Disasters and crises are associated with a differential impact on vulnerable individuals and families. The Safe & Together in a Time of Crisis series from the Safe & Together Institute offers practice-oriented blog posts specific to the COVID-19 pandemic.