Since information and guidance continues to change and evolve, RSP created this COVID-19-specific resource page to share information relevant to managing coalitions, offering TA around providing sexual assault advocacy, working with funders, and getting support during this time.
As your coalition TA providers, we are committed to finding answers to as many things as we humanly can. And, as with everything, we are reliant on this community to create our own answers. Many of the resources shared here were developed by peer sexual assault or dual coalitions and may be adapted to your local context. Nothing on this website is intended to supercede local, state, territorial, or federal guidance or policy.
We are working to update this page as we become aware of any relevant new resources. If you come across or develop something that may be of use to other coalitions and are willing to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to add to the resource collection.
This guidance does not come from any specific source, but reflects general best practice in the midst of change and transitions.
- Check in with your state funders about any requirements related to remote work.
- Wash your hands. Eat something.
- OVW March 19, 2020 Letter (attached below)
- OVW Grantee Staff Pay March 19, 2020 Letter (attached below)
- OMB March 2, 2020 Letter (attached below)
- OJP March 19, 2020 Guidance on Short-term Administrative Relief (attached below)
- CDC document on community mitigation strategies
- USCIS information on COVID-19 and "public charge" immigration rules
- EEOC information "What You Should Know About the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19
- EEOC "Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act"
- OMB March 9, 2020 Letter (attached below)
- OMB 2 CFR Part 200 excerpt (attached below)
Organizational Policies & Support
As coalitions and local programs make decisions about how to adjust their work to be in compliance with all local, state, territorial, and federal guidelines while also keeping services available and as accessible as possible for survivors, the following sections offer some information and examples from fellow coalitions about working remotely, how to update policies, and how to maintain connection and supervision with staff.
When making decisions about working conditions, it is also important to consider employee safety. Coalitions and local programs should therefore check in with their insurance providers to review guidance related to workers' compensation and OSHA-related coverage and to find out if their insurance companies have issued any updated guidance.
Since many coalitions and programs will likely be moving some or all of their work out of the office, it is very important for programs to have a remote work and administrative leave policy. These policies will ease claims processes with state funder if programs have to close. Please encourage all your local programs to update their policies (and feel free to use the examples in the shared resource collection below).
- Access sample policies and other guidance related to working and supervising people remotely
- Access sample policies and other guidance related to offering paid administrative leave
- Includes fact sheets and information on recent COVID-related emergency relief legislation
- Several groups, such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), have created tip sheets
- Though federal funding continues to be available, many programs are having to cancel fundraisers that provide much-needed general operating funds. The tools and resources on this page can help coalitions and local programs adjust their financial outlooks accordingly.
- As people move to working remotely and deal with possibly needing to take time off from work, it is important for coalitions and programs to have updated succession planning documents. The resources in this section offer templates and guidance on what to include.
- Includes links to resources and ideas for coalition and local program staff looking for online professional development opportunities
Survivor Advocacy and Local Program Support
A sample template letter for sexual assault service providers (created by NJCASA) is attached below. This offers an example of about service delivery changes and messaging.
Coalition Resource Landing Pages
Several coalitions have developed new pages on their websites to aggregate all updates and relevant information.
- NCCASA page
- CCASA page
- IowaCASA page
- KCSDV page
- Jane Doe, Inc. (Massachusettes coalition) page
- WCSAP page
- WCASA page
- ACESDV page
- ANDVSA page
- Vermont Network page
- NDCAWS page
What Counts As Essential Services?
Do sexual assault services count as essential during this crisis? This is an evolving question and varies on a place-by-place basis. States and territories ultimately make the final decision. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued guidance in a March 19, 2020 letter ("Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce", attached below) that includes the following, which may be interpreted to include sexual assault service providers:
“Workers who support food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, such as those residing in shelters”
Multilingual Resources About COVID-19
- Switchboard list: https://switchboardta.org/blog/a-round-up-of-multilingual-resources-on-covid-19/?mc_cid=55a6c15918&mc_eid=84d86c26b2
- Google Drive organized by language, compiled by KCSDV and local Kansas group: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BFar8MtYX6IbVNVkO8H1RDkPB3m6FvK6
- This section includes resources on marketing helplines, providing telecounseling services, and links to resources developed by NNEDV's SafetyNet Project.
- This section includes resources to help coalitions navigate conversations with hospitals and make contingency plans
- This section include sample statements and guidance for communicating safety protocols with survivors
- This section includes ideas shared on recent RSP calls related to COVID-19 response, plus tips and tools about facilitating online meetings. All identifying information from call notes has been removed.
- This section includes ideas shared over RSP and other coalition calls
This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K032 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.