The Hotline Commends Passage of the CARES Act
Urges Congress to Prioritize Needs of Survivors of Sexual & Domestic Violence in Fourth Stimulus Package

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (“The Hotline”) commends the passage of the Coronavirus Aide, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (S.3548). The CARES Act includes $45 million to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) funded programs that provide emergency housing and shelter to domestic violence survivors across the country.

It also includes funds for The Hotline to ensure critical, ongoing services to survivors that reach out for support, resources, and safety planning during this time of heightened risk due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

“We’re hearing every day from survivors and their loved ones about how COVID-19 is already being used by abusive partners to further control and abuse,” said Katie Ray-Jones, Chief Executive Officer of The Hotline.

“We know that any external factors that add stress and financial strain can create circumstances where a survivor’s safety is further compromised. Sheltering in place with one’s abuser makes this experience even more dangerous. Our advocates are providing critical safety planning and resources for instances such as this. We know that survivors are extremely strong and resourceful, and we will do all we can to transfer power back to them so they can make informed decisions on what is best for them.”

The CARES Act does not include any sexual assault programming, nor does it include VAWA-funded programs. The Hotline strongly urges Congress to ensure that the next stimulus package expand comprehensive support for programs that provide critical services to sexual violence and domestic violence survivors, such as those outlined in this letter to Congress signed by over 100 organizations nationwide.