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The COVID-19 pandemic impacted children, families, communities and institutions all across the nation. It exposed the vulnerabilities and inequities in our schools, health, mental health, employment, housing systems, etc. Many families have since struggled in the face of loss of loved ones, loss of economic stability, and for some, prolonged exposure to an abusive partner, or exposure to violence. While COVID-19 bared these systemic weaknesses and inequalities for some, for too long, they have been the daily reality for many marginalized families.
Since lockdown in March 2020, domestic violence cases rose 8% in the US. It is essential that in our current and post-COVID-19 response, we double our efforts to prevent and address domestic and sexual violence, and commit to improving and strengthening our systems to effectively support families. The pandemic caused and is causing untold amounts of adversity and trauma, but with proper investment and community integration, we can heal, recover, and flourish.
Build Back Better Transition Memo - Futures Without Violence (FUTURES) recommends the Administration focus on systems, science, and settings in its governing plans so that every child, family, and community can contribute to the nation’s economic recovery today and in the future. It is essential if we are to prevent future violence, advance racial equity, and ensure that our most vulnerable families are able to recover and thrive post-COVID.
California Road Map to ending domestic violence – The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that we must double our efforts in preventing and addressing domestic and sexual violence. Throughout this Road Map, FUTURES seeks to center the experience of those who have been marginalized by proposing strategies that address systemic and social inequities that contribute to unequal health outcomes — such as racism, homophobia and transphobia, poverty, immigration status, and sexism.
The Road Map has two sections:
Section I describes four evidence-based prevention and interventional strategies for California to follow.
Section II sets forth the federal resources that California can leverage to support the state’s work to prevent and end domestic violence. This Roadmap can serve as an example for other states to advance their efforts to prevent and end violence.
Resources: ARP Resources. Here’s one from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
And here’s one focused on very young children from Child Trauma and ACEs Policy (CTAP) Coalition member Zero to Three
Fact sheet from FUTURES – Explanation of how the American Rescue Plan prevents violence and supports survivors.
Those who are surviving violence in their relationships and families may be experiencing increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing measures during the Coronavirus public health emergency. Survivors often have specific needs around safety, health, and confidentiality. We have compiled resources and tools for survivors, communities, and care providers, who are working tirelessly to respond in ways that are safe and supportive for all.