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.

Free Webinars

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.

COVID-related Blogs & Podcasts

You Got This! A Message From a Safe & Together Faculty to Her Peers

Finding our way through unchartered territory can be stress-inducing. Some of us want/need to know everything. Others want/need to feel less inundated by all of the swirling and ever-changing information and recommendations. We are currently being asked to change almost everything about how we live our lives.

Episode 15: Coercive Control, Entrapment & Isolation: An interview with Luke & Ryan Hart

About Episode 15 Before he murdered their mother Claire and their sister Charlotte, Luke and Ryan Hart’s father spent years justifying his control by telling them […]

Shared pandemic-related fears offer us new opportunities to engage men in response to escalating domestic violence

With widely held fears that domestic violence and child abuse and neglect rates are increasing during this period and the reduction of informal and formal supports […]

Now is not the time for child welfare to lose focus on domestic violence

Now is not the time for child welfare to lose focus on domestic violence By Anna Mitchell and David Mandel Even before the current crisis of […]

Episode 14, Caring for self while caring for others: An interview with Laura van Dernoot Lipksy

About Episode 14: Caring for self while caring for others: An interview with Laura van Dernoot Lipksy In this episode, Ruth and David have a discussion with […]

Episode 13: Mapping domestic violence perpetrator’s use of COVID-19 pandemic to increase coercive control

About Episode 13 In this episode Ruth & David outline an emerging checklist for professionals and families to help them map perpetrator’s patterns of behavior in […]

Blog Series: Safe & Together in a Time of Crisis Part 2

Part 2: COVID-19, Custody & Access and Domestic Abuse: How to assess and respond By David Mandel, Founder & Executive Director of the Safe & Together […]

Episode 12: COVID-19: Helping families impacted by domestic abuse in a time of crisis

About Episode 12 In the first of a series of COVID-19 specific podcasts, David and Ruth talk about how the dynamics of domestic abuse are changing […]

Blog Series: Safe & Together in a Time of Crisis  

Part 1: How to adapt your domestic abuse assessments during the pandemic By David Mandel, Founder & Executive Director of the Safe & Together Institute During […]

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

Additional Resources
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,, 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.

Other free resources


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