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COVID-19 has affected everyone in unprecedented ways, and victims have largely been left out of the conversation in the memoranda and orders issued by the South Carolina Supreme Court. Due to COVID-19, court hearings are now mostly virtual; access to services for victims may be limited; and the legal system has struggled along with other institutions in implementing ways to quickly keep up with our changing world through the pandemic.
Learn about SCVAN's ongoing services in the midst of COVID-19 and COVID-specific resources for victims and service providers. For further SCVAN safety planning tips beyond this page, click here.
Conozca los servicios continuos de SCVAN en medio de COVID-19 y los recursos específicos de COVID para víctimas y proveedores de servicios. Para obtener más consejos de planificación de seguridad de SCVAN más allá de esta página, haga clic aquí.
The S.C. Judicial Department has a dedicated page with updates on court closures and restrictions.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has resources for victims.
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children has information for parents and children.
Local United Way chapters have created a COVID-19 relief program for their most vulnerable neighbors which can be found here.
The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has provided a comprehensive list of resources and policy updates pertaining to access to justice for low-income and vulnerable people.
The American Red Cross has a dedicated page describing how they are assisting people during COVID-19.
University of South Carolina School of Medicine has a page dedicated to addressing the coronavirus and minimizing the spread.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials has a directory to help people to locate their closest public health department.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services has resources and updates to its programs during the pandemic which can be found here.
South Carolina Legal Services provides free legal representation to low-income residents of South Carolina. They are able to help with housing, civil, and family court cases during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the South Carolina's Lowcountry, the SmartBox is providing free food this summer at over a dozen locations. For more information, including food distribution dates and locations, as well as how to get involved, contact (803) 508-5837.
Able South Carolina delivers medical equipment and essential supplies, including toilet paper, sanitizers and face masks, to disabled residents of the Midlands and Upstate. An application form to receive these services can be found here.
Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center provides a plain-language explanation of COVID-19, which is available in 11 languages. This guide is created by and for people with intellectual disabilities in order to provide them with the information that they need to know in order to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.
The South Carolina Appleseed Justice Center has compiled a list of resources for individuals and families during the pandemic.
Cooperative Ministry is providing necessities for people in the Midlands, including rent assistance, clothing, food resources, tax assistance, and Christian counseling.
The New York Times compiled a list of resources for working parents who need emotional, financial, or legal support.
The S.C. Judicial Department has a dedicated COVID-19 page with court updates and closures.
The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) has a COVID-19 resource page.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has resources for victim service providers.
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) has information for service providers, law enforcement, Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) here.
Equal Rights Advocates has compiled a list of resources for workers, students, Title IX administrators and families during the pandemic. This list includes explanations of relevant law, financial and employment resources, and specific information about demographics most affected by the pandemic.
South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for victim advocates, nonprofits, and attorneys.
The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) has a COVID-19 resource page for victim services professionals.
Able South Carolina provides free information, resources, and medical equipment to people in the Midlands and Upstate with disabilities. During the pandemic, they provide free medical and personal protective equipment to people in their service area. Through their direct services and advocacy, they are able to directly advocate for people with disabilities, and work to provide stability, housing, and employment.
The South Carolina Department of Corrections has released its COVID-19 news updates and FAQs , which describe its policies and procedures during the pandemic. This plan is a valuable resource in helping service providers and victims to understand what to expect while a perpetrator is incarcerated.
The Victims' Rights Law Center's (VRLC) guide, Protecting Survivor Privacy While Working From Home: A Guide for OVW-Funded Victim Service Providers, provides practice tips for VSPs working remotely during the pandemic.
The Richland County Library has a provided a list of employment opportunities in South Carolina along with tips in the search for employment.
Goodwill Job Connection provides free job application assistance, including help with resumes, cover letters, and finding job openings.
The U.S. Department of Labor has a comprehensive list of resources including workplace safety and wage guidelines for the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Employment Law Project has a fact sheet explaining expanded benefits for workers who have been affected by the pandemic, as well as information in Spanish and English for immigrant workers seeking unemployment insurance.
Family Values at Work has provided a document in English and Spanish that explains workers' rights during the pandemic that will explain sick leave options and benefits available for everyone from salaried employees to gig workers.
The South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation response to the coronavirus can be found here.
The Municipal Association of South Carolina has provided this list of guides for to help people safely return to work during the pandemic. These guides cover common symptoms of coronavirus, proper use of personal protective equipment, and how to be safe in public spaces.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation is providing small business relief grants for businesses that, because of coronavirus, have closed or are facing revenue shortfalls. For more information about how to apply, click here.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has compiled a list of guides for employees who have questions about their rights during the pandemic. These guides explain employees' medical privacy rights, healthcare and disability accommodation requirements, and how to address coronavirus-related racial discrimination at the workplace.
The Coronavirus Relief SC Project provides free one-on-one consultation services to small, minority-owned businesses to counteract the affects and grow amidst the coronavirus pandemic. More information can be found here.
The National Parent Helpline is a resource for parents who are seeking emotional support during this difficult time. HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM PST to 7:00 PM PST. Their number is 1-855-427-2736.
Start Your Recovery brings together experts on substance misuse where individuals can also be made aware of others with similar experiences and discover the answers needed for recognizing and dealing with misuse. They now have a directory of local substance use disorder treatment and support resources.
Self-Care During COVID-19 is provided as a free resource by the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence. You can download it by clicking the PDF below.
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook is provided as a free resource by the Wellness Society. You can download it by clicking the PDF below.
The Texas Medical Association has provided a COVID-19 Risk Assessment Chart. You can download it by clicking the PDF below.