Coronavirus: Resources and Information

First and foremost, we want you to know that sexual and domestic violence organizations across Massachusetts are open and available to talk with you about your options. Please call or send a message instead of showing up to their offices as many programs continue to only provide remote support and services.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please continue to reach out to your local sexual or domestic violence program.  Many of these programs have hotlines, chatlines and other ways to connect.
Many of JDI’s member programs can also talk to you about legal issues that arise.  Other places that provide legal guidance and representation include: 

COVID-19 Through a Racial Equity Lens

These are especially challenging times for survivors who may face additional isolation and risk as well as economic hardship. It’s times like these that we need to show that we are stronger together and will not be divided by xenophobic and racist beliefs that are at the root of all oppressions. Accordingly, we are speaking out against bigotry, discrimination and violence against Asian and Chinese communities here in the US and abroad in as COVID-19 continues to spread here in Massachusetts and around the globe. We are advocating for the humane release of immigrants from ICE detention centers and supporting efforts to release non-violent offenders from prison.  Indeed our work and the response to this pandemic will be driven by our values and analysis that we must focus on and follow the needs of those who are most marginalized. To explore more, one resource is Healing Justice which has published resources and a podcast addressing these intersections: Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens.

Articles and resources for the general public


      FACT SHEET:  The impact of COVID19 pandemic in Massachusetts on sexual and domestic violence survivors

      Helpful Links:  Information is developing quickly. Follow these websites for frequent updates.

      U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Comprehensive Website on COVID-19

      CDC Printable handouts and posters on COVID-19

      CDC Interim guidance for community organizations

      Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) centralized information on Coronavirus Disease 2019

      Massachusetts Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline

      Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (insurance, warnings regarding scams and other resources)



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