Interpersonal Safety

Headline:

The Senate has voted to advance bipartisan gun legislation, which includes expanded background checks, increased funding for mental health services, and measures for states to implement “red flag” laws to remove guns from potentially dangerous people.

Last-reviewed: 9am, June 23, 2022

Key Resources:

The Basics

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
  • Interpersonal safety resources address intimate partner violence, domestic violence, abuse and neglect of children, older adults, and persons with disabilities.
  • The National Network to End Domestic Violence offers a variety of recommendations and resources for advocates.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers a chat option, as well as a range of helpful resources, including an interactive online safety planning tool. Note: call/chat volume is unusually high.
  • This resource links to national hotlines that may be able to help navigate local resources.

The Breakdown

IPV
  • The National Resource Center for Reaching Victims provides resources for survivors of violence. 
  • WomensLaw.org provides state-specific contact information for advocates in local DV programs, legal assistance organizations, courthouse locations, and sheriff departments.
  • For help from culturally specific institutes, check the Administration for Children and Family’s website for a list of organizations. 
  • The CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention offers resources on addressing intimate partner violence.
  • Resources specific for LGBTQ communities here
  • Deaf or hard of hearing survivors can contact advocates 24/7 by video phone: 855-812-1001; an informative ASL video (with subtitles) is available here.
  •  Resources for Abuse or Neglect of Persons with Disabilities. 
  • The bipartisan gun safety bill approved by the Senate on June 21, 2022 includes closure of the “boyfriend loophole,” prohibiting anyone convicted of domestic violence against a former or current dating partner from purchasing a firearm.
Elder Abuse
COVID-19
  • The National Resource Center for Reaching Victims offers COVID-specific information and guidance for survivor service providers, culturally specific  organizations, and survivors from communities that have had less access to healing services and avenues to justice. 
  • The National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) offers a variety of resources for people experiencing housing insecurity because of domestic or sexual violence, including information to support immigrant survivors during COVID-19.

The Bottom Line

  • Community-based organizations continue to provide vital resources for individuals experiencing safety concerns.