Resources for Addressing Intimate Partner Violence

During a public crisis (such as, the COVID-19 pandemic) that disrupts daily life, it is essential to recognize and support those experiencing or using intimate partner violence (IPV). For individuals experiencing IPV, any disruption to normal life or access to services can mean increased potential for harm. This often occurs during natural disasters or human-based disasters, such as fires, chemical spills, and mass violence. It’s vital to consider special considerations to support the experience of violence during disasters including ensuring continued access to resources, support, and services. Those who use violence may experience increased stress during a disaster as a result of many factors, such as reduced access to basic needs, food, water, or shelter. Seeking assistance in hospitals, court houses and other public service agencies may also be limited.

The VA Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) has Coordinators in VA facilities available for support of veteran families and may help offer referrals to partners in the community. Please learn more about IPVAP at https://www.socialwork.va.gov/IPV/Index.asp. I’ve shared some of the resources they reference below:

Learn more about VA IPVAP and Other VA Services:

IPVAP Produced Resources:

News articles for Awareness (not VA publications):

Disaster Specific Resources: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Building Healthy Relationships:

With stay-at-home orders keeping people inside, opportunities to escape are more difficult for many. This guide offers advice on the steps to take towards financial and physical freedom while outlining helpful resources for continued support.

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