Working Group on COVID and Domestic Violence (WGCDV)Chair, Yael Danieli
I am heartened with your interest in participating in the Working Group on COVID-19 and Domestic Violence initiated during the last Alliance meeting held via zoom Friday, April 3,2020.
I chose to initiate the Working Group out of the growing realization that the sheltering-in-place required almost all around the world in the fight against COVID-19 will in effect trap, as well as deprive of normally structurally available supports (shelters, schools, community-based programs), an untold number of vulnerable family members (mostly women, children, the elderly, the disabled), and especially among the poor, to be elaborated upon separately. This, notwithstanding the homeless, and those already confined in other settings (e.g., prisoners) in a potentially violent and abusive contexts.
In addition to gathering reports from around the world, in my search for members and collaborators, was delighted to discover a group of Cambridge and Harvard students/graduates who established a Task Force focusing on DV (I will send you their e-mail separately) who are willing to collaborate with us and would like members of our WGCDV to serve as advisers to their TF. I plan on reaching out to other relevant firstname.lastname@example.org.
I invite all of you to reach our ant to other colleagues who might want to join us and to forward to me any and all materials you deem relevant so Ashri (the TF Chair) can incorporate them into their information maps (we are doing it together, of course, also with your input)..
I suggest that we add an item to the upcoming NY Alliance meeting on these important developments.
Looking forward to hearing from you ASAP,
Chair, Working Group on COVID-19 and Domestic Violence (WGCDV)