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Advocacy in Virginia - 2020

Virginia's Sexual and Domestic Violence advocates are our community's front-line responders to survivors of violence. They provide not only crisis response and shelter for survivors, but also assistance to meet financial, housing, employment, and legal services needs. With the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, stay-at-home orders and closures designed to protect the public from COVID-19 left many survivors isolated or trapped at home with abusive partners and family members. Advocates quickly pivoted to meet survivors' needs, creating and maintaing virtual support opportunities, ongoing safety planning, including better understanding the safer use of technology, and using flexible funding to support emergency hotel stays and building relationships with new housing partners. And they did this amidst a constantly changing funding and financial climate, increased social unrest and calls for justice, and countless other barriers thrown in front of them.

Advocates have always gone above and beyond on behalf of survivors, so much of which goes unseen. 

This infographic helps illustrate the incredible impact that sexual and domestic violence advocates made in 2020, providing life-saving services to survivors of violence around the Commonwealth.

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