Right now, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are at great risk.
Act now to urge Congress to address the urgent and emerging needs of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the programs that serve them during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and resulting disruptions.
Congress is currently working on a phase four stimulus package. It is critical that this package meets the needs of victims, survivors, and everyday people. We have circulated a letter to Members of Congress, outlining steps they can take to support survivors and advocates -- now we need YOUR help. Your Members of Congress need to hear from you NOW, while negotiations for the phase four package are underway.
Call your Members of Congress or contact them on social media, and tell them that the phase four stimulus must contain provisions to directly address the needs of survivors and the people who serve them. Tell them that the package must:
You can find your Senators and their contact information HERE and your Representative and their contact information HERE. You can find Members’ social media handles HERE. If you have contacts in Congressional offices, email is also an effective way to get in touch with staff who are working remotely.
“Hello. My name is [your name], and I am a constituent [calling/emailing] from [your location and, if applicable, your program]. COVID-19 disproportionately impacts victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and Congress must act to support them and address their needs. This includes providing more funding for programs and ensuring survivors have access to services, housing, and economic stability; waiving grant match requirements; ensuring immigrants have access to health, safety, and stability; and addressing the long term impacts of this crisis on survivors by addressing dwindling deposits into the Crime Victims Fund. We’re counting on you to protect victims and survivors.”
If you are emailing or communicating on social media, please include a link to the letter mentioned above.
Sample social media posts:
.@Handle, #COVID19 disproportionately harms survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. Support them by increasing funding, waiving match, supporting ALL communities & addressing VOCA shortfalls! More at www.4vawa.org/s/DV-SA-COVID-19-Phase-4-Sign-On.pdf
.@Handle, support Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault survivors and programs by increasing resources for FVPSA/VAWA/housing, waiving match, fixing the Crime Victims Fund, and supporting ALL communities! #COVID4 More at www.4vawa.org/s/DV-SA-COVID-19-Phase-4-Sign-On.pdf.
For more information, please contact Rachel Graber (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dorian Karp (email@example.com), and Emily Dahl (firstname.lastname@example.org).