Our Minnesota community is going through a difficult time. COVID-19 is a serious global public health threat and our state is taking appropriate steps to contain the virus and keep everyone healthy and safe. We are very thankful that our leaders are taking COVID-19 seriously, but we are also concerned that victims/survivors in Minnesota may be cut off from the resources and support they need.
Crisis situations always have a heavy impact on victims/survivors of violence, especially those who are also members of marginalized communities (such as people of color, LGBTQI+ folks, people with lower incomes). Likewise, we expect that COVID-19 will increase risk factors for violence and isolate victims/survivors. We have created the following resources to both raise awareness and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on victims/survivors.
Impact of COVID-19 for Victims/Survivors
In order to effectively advocate for victims/survivors during COVID-19, it’s crucial to understand how they are being uniquely affected by it. In the PDF below, you will find an explanation of the link between COVID-19 and sexual/domestic violence and examples of how COVID-19 may increase risk factors for violence:
Support for Victims/Survivors During COVID-19
We want to make sure that victims/survivors who are impacted by COVID-19 know that they are not alone and support still exists. If you or someone you care about are experiencing violence, please use this master list of resources to find support and tools: