Coronavirus / COVID-19 Resources

As the number of confirmed and presumed cases of COVID-19 continues to grow in Pennsylvania, PCADV is committed to providing resources to help those impacted, especially the Commonwealth’s 59 local domestic violence programs and the nearly 90,000 victims and survivors they serve each year.  

PCADV is working with its local domestic violence programs daily to help ensure the safety and security of survivors, minimize disruption in the delivery of services, and to mitigate risk for staff and shelter residents. 

This page will be updated regularly as additional resources become available. 

Impact on Victims and Survivors

During this unprecedented time of public health recommendations urging social distancing, self-quarantine, and diligence in employing common-sense measures to prevent the spread of the disease, those experiencing domestic violence may face even more anxiety and new challenges to navigate. This will likely force victims and survivors to spend more time in close proximity with their abusers, increasing the risk to their safety and well-being during an already stressful time. 

Additionally, the closure of schools and community centers can further strain families. These institutions provide structure and safety that may not exist in the home. Individuals will be faced with having to ensure childcare, maintain employment, provide nutrition for their family, and access to healthcare.  These additional stressors may intensify situations where financial abuse is likely already present. The loss of work and income resulting from this public health crisis can mean the difference between safety and independence and life with an abuser.

For more information and resources about the impact on victims and survivors and staying safe during COVID-19, please see the “Staying Safe During COVID-19” section on the homepage of thehotline.org.

Staying Safe During COVID-19

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