This webinar is hosted by the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit and is open to the public. 


The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased danger for survivors of domestic violence in the past few months. Governmental “stay at home” orders have forced many survivors and their children into isolation with abusive partners, while abusers, not surprisingly, have used threats of infection with COVID-19 to control their intimate partners and other family members. In a time of pandemic, survivors have far more limited access to shelter services, financial assistance, law enforcement responses, and court protections, leaving them without the safety resources that were once available to them. And many survivors are among those who have lost their jobs in the economic turmoil COVID-19 has created, jeopardizing potential independence from an abusive home life.

Many organizations are stepping up to provide toolkits that can be used by survivors and victim advocates alike in this unique time to help survivors trapped in abusive situations. This webinar will review a number of these helpful toolkits and will also address how safety planning and protection orders may be used to keep survivors safe against physical and firearm violence in a “stay at home” situation.


Rob (Roberta) Valente is a Policy Consultant for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a member organization of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. Ms. Valente has worked on issues such as firearms, federal domestic violence laws and interventions, protection order and child custody laws, confidentiality laws in domestic violence cases, and tribal issues relating to domestic violence.  Ms. Valente has served as a consultant on civil legal issues regarding domestic violence for various organizations, including the Alaska Native Women’s Coalition, the Battered Women’s Justice Project, the Domestic Violence Resource Network, the National Congress of American Indians, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She also served as Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women and was the founding Director of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. In these roles, Ms. Valente has worked to improve legal responses to domestic violence and increase access to justice for all survivors of domestic violence.


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