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National Crime Victim Law Institute

COVID-19 Resources for Legal Services and Victims’ Rights

March 18, 2020

In light of the impact of COVID-19 on services for victims, NCVLI is compiling a list of resources for legal service providers. This list is not intended to be, nor can it be complete. We will work to update it regularly as we learn new information. If you have resources not listed here which you would like to contribute, email NCVLI at ncvli@lclark.edu with the re: line “COVID Resources”. 

Additionally, NCVLI has created an editable spreadsheet titled Court and Executive Orders Responding to COVID-19 which is a central location specifically for legal service providers to share orders issued by courts and executive offices adjusting protocols and processes that impact victim access to justice.  

Legal Responses to Protect Victims’ Rights

Child Victim Resources

National Association of Counsel for Children’s COVID-19 Resource Hub
This listing compiles resources for practitioners and families involved in child welfare systems.

National Children’s Alliance Resource Page: Coronavirus Resources for CACS, Partners, and Caregivers

This website includes some best-practice suggestions for Child Advocacy Centers, along with a listing of resources for - CAC Professionals, Telehealth Resources, Resources for Partner Agencies, and Resources for Caregivers.

The Juvenile Law Center’s Beyond The Food Pantry
This listing has resources for responding to students who are homeless or with experience in foster care.

Communications Vendors for Remote Work With Clients

The following vendors provide platforms that are recognized as confidential/privileged.
Cyph
Gruveo
ResourceConnect

Court System and Executive Office Responses to COVID-19

National Crime Victim Law Institute: Court and Executive Orders Responding to COVID-19
This editable spreadsheet is a central location for legal service providers to share orders issued by courts and executive offices adjusting protocols and processes that impact victim access to justice.

National District Attorneys’ Association Blog Post: District Attorneys’ Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This blog post includes a link to a compilation of responses NDAA has gathered recently from prosecutors around the country indicating what they are doing in their own offices, as well as what their court systems locally and at the state level are doing. It is not an exhaustive list and will be updated periodically.

Sellf Represented Litigation Network: COVID-19 Resources
These are resources for justice system professionals relating to serving self-represented litigants, including resources for court systems and facilitation of remote access and non-face-to-face services.

Women’s Law Project: Frequently Asked Questions Involving Courts and COVID-19

Criminal Justice Systems’ Responses to COVID-19

The Justice Management Institute: Response to COVID-19 by Criminal Justice Systems
A listing compiled with the cooperation of the National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (NNCJCC) of the responses by state, city and county justice agencies to the epidemic.

Domestic Violence Resources

Futures Without Violence’s Information on COVID-19 for Survivors, Communities & DV/SA Programs
This list provides resources community-based advocates and health providers.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 online chat and hotline (800) 799-7233

National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Resources on the Response to Coronavirus
This website includes resources and compiled state and national guidance to help domestic violence coalitions, service providers, and advocates support survivors and operate effectively.

VAWnet Resource on Preventing & Managing the Spread of COVID-19 Within Domestic Violence Programs.

This resource compiles links to detailed information from various sources, organized by category, including: General Guidance, Shelter Settings, and Faith-Based & Community Organizations, among others.

General Resources for Practitioners Working with Survivors

American Bar Association Free Legal Answers 
This resource exists to answer questions relating to coronavirus-related housing, employment and other civil legal questions for income-eligible users.

National Consumer Law Center: COVID-19 & Consumer Protections
This page offers resources and updates relating to debt protection and other consumer resources.

National Disaster Distress Helpline 
This hotline offers crisis counseling and emotional support by phone (1-800-985-5990) and text (text TalkWithUs to 66746).

National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center’s COVID-19 Legal Response

National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center’s Calendar of Online Events Relating to COVID-19 Legal Aid and Pro Bono Response

National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Digital Services Toolkit
This list compiles technology resources for practitioners while working remotely or in quarantine.

National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Resources on the Response to Coronavirus
This list compiles resources and guidelines from NNEDV, government agencies and community based organizations to assist practitioners.

NYC Pro Bono Center’s Attorney Wellness Group Listserv
This listserv is for sharing resources and ideas for attorney wellness - mental, physical, and emotional.

Paul Weiss Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief Center
This page includes information referring to economic relief and resources worldwide.

ProBonoNet and Immigration Advocates Network’s Remote Legal Support Guide
This manual provides best practices for nonprofit remote legal support and pro bono innovation.

Resource Center for Reaching Victims’ Sustaining Services for Survivors During COVID-19
This website provides resources and links to trainings to assist practitioners with continuing to provide services.

Homeless/Houseless/Housing Resources

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: COVID-19 Emergency Tenant Protections
This is a continually updated map of COVID-19 emergency tenant protections.

National Housing Law Project: Protecting Renter and Homeowner Rights during Our National Health Crisis
This is a compilation of resources relating to housing rights during the health crisis.

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty: Coronavirus Responses
This is compilation of resources, including highlighting some jurisdictions’ approaches to assisting people experiencing homeless/houselessness.

National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness 
This webpage lists federal and state actions and updates to combat homelessness.

Language Access

Creating Puentes: Free COVID-19 Language Access Response

LGBTQIA+ Resources

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund: A Know Your Rights Guide for Transgender People Navigating COVID-19

Restraining Orders

Women’s Law Project: Frequently Asked Questions Involving Courts and COVID-19 

This guide has been prepared to ensure trans and nonbinary people are aware of their legal rights and can make informed decisions about their safety, health, and well-being as the situation continues to evolve.

For more information on how NCVLI is adapting services during this time, click here.