KCSDV COVID-19 Update

Friends and Partners:

KCSDV continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, making changes and adjustments as needed. KCSDV has developed resources, hosted training, and provided technical assistance to meet the ongoing needs for victim services during the pandemic.

KCSDV remains open and ready to help you with your needs. You can reach us through our main phone line at 785-232-9784 and via message through our website. Normal office hours continue to be Monday through Friday at

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Here’s a summary of some things we have been doing:

  • After working completely remotely since mid-March, KCSDV staff returned to the office in June. Staff are on a rotating schedule between working in the office and remotely to maintain physical distancing and to allow for daily sanitizing practices. Guests are currently not allowed inside the building, and facemasks are required in all common areas. Staff are in the office Monday – Thursday and remote on Friday.
  • KCSDV has been working quickly to adapt in-person training, site visits, meetings, and events to virtual and will continue to do so through the end of 2020. For upcoming training opportunities, visit KCSDV’s Training & Events page.
  • KCSDV is working closely with our member domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocacy programs throughout the state to support their needs during this pandemic. KCSDV meets weekly with programs and is identifying and addressing the need for adaptations to victim services.

This includes evaluating and acquiring the necessary platforms and technologies for confidential tele-advocacy services and increasing awareness about the availability of victim services during the pandemic.  Visit our COVID-19 Resource Page to learn more.

Figure 3: The image shows five ideas for how a person can help their friend who might be experiencing domestic violence. The image is by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

Update on Victim Services in Kansas:

  • The sexual and domestic violence victim advocacy programs across the state are continuing to provide direct victim services and have done so throughout the pandemic. Some advocates and staff have returned to their offices with many public health safety precautions in place and, since the COVID-19 numbers have continued to go up, some are returning to providing more remote services.
  • Adaptations to services vary by community as they continue to monitor local COVID-19 infections. Some in-person services have been modified to be provided virtually or are provided in other ways.
  • Check with your local program to find out how best to access victim services during the pandemic.
  • Ask how you can help. They may be limited in their ability to take in and sanitize material donations, but monetary donations are always welcome and can assist in offsetting increased costs associated with this pandemic.
  • The Kansas Crisis Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-888-END-ABUSE, or 1-888-363-2287.

KCSDV supports the efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to our families and communities. We appreciate all our partners, health care professionals, first responders, and public officials who are making difficult decisions during these times. We support wearing masks, reducing physical contact with others, washing hands, and sanitizing surfaces.

We will keep you posted as we have additional information or if things change for KCSDV. Please take care of yourself and your family, loved ones, and communities during this time. For any questions, please contact coalition@kcsdv.org.

For information on developing your own response, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s coronavirus response page as well as the CDC’s website.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-MU-AX-0021 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Media Contact

Lucca Wang, Communications Coordinator

lwang@kcsdv.org
Office: 785-232-9784
Mobile: 785-633-6648

KANSAS CRISIS HOTLINE: 888-END-ABUSE | 888-363-2287