COVID-19 related blogs, podcasts, webinars, resources and support
During this time of crisis, adapting our work with families impacted by perpetrators’ behaviors is a critical task. The Safe & Together Institute is committed to doubling its efforts during this time to provide critical and useful information and virtual options for training and support.
New Safe & Together Resources
Download the FREE Friends and Family Guide Ally Guide: If you know someone who is being abused or suspect a loved one is being abused – this guide is for you. It gives you the words to say, the actions to take and how to help the most. It’s also useful for practitioners who are working with families. During this time of pandemic and social isolation, family, friends and communities have an even more important role to play in helping their loved ones who are survivors.
COVID-19 Quick Guide: Designed primarily for Safe & Together Model trained practitioners to use with our Perpetrator Pattern Mapping tool, this COVID-19-specific practice document includes:
- General tips related to understanding domestic violence perpetration in the context of COVID-19 pandemic
- Perpetrator pattern mapping tips in the context of the current crisis
- A COVID-19 specific danger checklist to be used in combination with Safe & Together training and mapping tool
Safe & Together offers multiple free resources – from research to videos here.
Perpetrator pattern-based assessments in a time of a pandemic
Using the Safe & Together Model’s COVID-19 Quick Guide and Danger Checklist, David Mandel will explore how to apply the Safe & Together Model in the current context.
Keeping children safe, but without the office: How to Zoom for Social Workers
Despite the ongoing environment of social distancing and restrictions on group gatherings, professionals are still required to provide services to their families. Learn the basics of using Zoom for hosting virtual meetings, and share tips and tricks for case consultation with international child protection agencies.
Recorded sessions are available in our Virtual Academy.
Virtual Support Groups for Practitioners & Leadership
Shared learning and support is one of the ways we are stronger in this time of crisis. Our weekly Virtual Support Groups – one for practitioners and one for leaders – are bringing together dozens of professionals from diverse sectors from all over the globe. This allows us to compile, in real-time, observations and practice tips in this rapidly changing environment. These practice tip sheets will be updated regularly with new learnings.
The Virtual Academy
The Safe & Together Institute, an international leader in distance learning in the domestic abuse and welfare fields, is proud to announce the launch of its Virtual Academy. With the goal of supporting domestic violence-informed practice and organizational change in this time of uncertainty, we are dramatically expanding our ability to teach, train and build community online. Using a powerful yet intuitive platform, our Virtual Academy connects learners all over the world with many familiar social media functions and a wider catalog of courses including those specific to COVID-19 and domestic abuse and virtual working. See Courses.
General Resources for Professionals and Survivors
To support allies of survivors, here are some national-level support contacts. Most of the phone numbers are a mixture of 24-hour-a-day hotlines and business-hour helpline services. Many provide online chat services as well. The services provided by these agencies are generally free. All phone numbers are local to that country. Many of these agencies also offer support and referrals for male survivors of domestic violence.
(Australia) National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service Ph: 1800 737 732
(Australia) Lifeline Ph: 13 11 14
(Australia) Men’s Line Ph: 1300 78 99 78
(Australia) Kids Helpline Ph: 1800 55 1800
(Canada) Shelter Safe (provides a list of domestic abuse shelters in each province and territory with phone numbers)
(Hong Kong) Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres Ph: 2386 6255
(New Zealand) Women’s Refuge Ph: 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843
(New Zealand) It’s Not Ok Campaign Ph: 0800 456 450
(New Zealand) Lifeline Ph: 0800 543 354
(Northern Ireland) Northern Ireland Women’s Aid Ph: 0808 802 1414
(Scotland) Scottish Women’s Aid Ph: 0800 027 1234
(Singapore) Association of Women for Action and Research Ph: 1800 777 5555
(UK) National Domestic Abuse Helpline Ph: 0808 2000 247
(UK) National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline Ph: 0800 999 5428
(UK) Respect Men’s Advice Line Ph: 0808 8010327
(US) National Domestic Violence Hotline Ph: 1-800-799-7233/1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
(US) StrongHearts Native Helpline Ph: 1−844-762-8483
(US) The National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline Videophone: 1-855-812-1001
(Wales) Welsh Women’s Aid Ph: 0808 80 10 800
Technology can help provide safe communication with your loved ones, or it can be a way for the person using violence to monitor and stalk your loved one’s communication and movements. This website, www.techsafety.org, sponsored by the US-based National Network to End Domestic Violence, is a resource about technology and abuse for allies and their loved ones, and how to safely use technology to communicate.