COVID-19 is disrupting the lives of millions of people in America. Schools and workplaces are closing, people are being laid off, and the people who are hardest hit are the people who are already experiencing financial instability. Victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence are particularly vulnerable, because they often face significant economic hardship as a result of the violence committed against them. This vulnerability is compounded by the fact that economic instability and unemployment are associated with an increase in domestic violence, specifically. Moreover, quarantining and the associated isolation are also expected to lead to an increase in this violence. Congress must act now to protect victims and survivors and all people in America. It must also provide funding for the programs that serve survivors.
Congress is currently working on a phase three stimulus package. It is critical that this package meet 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. Your Members of Congress need to hear from you NOW, while negotiations for the phase three package are underway.
Call your Members of Congress or contact them on social media, and tell them that the phase three stimulus must contain provisions to directly address the needs of survivors and the people who serve them. Tell them that: