Volume 29| Issue 4 | April 2020
Dear NYSCADV Newsletter Family:

As those of you who have been receiving these newsletters for some time know, our newsletters are typically filled to the brim with resources about various awareness campaigns, funding opportunities and more.

This year, however, we find ourselves in uncharted waters. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and Financial Literacy Month. While the importance of awareness and educational campaigns remains critical, these activities may be overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, if not cancelled outright. Those of you who are still planning to conduct awareness programming on these topics will likely do so while referencing the intersectionality with COVID-19 (e.g., increases in sexual assault or child abuse due to the pandemic.) In light of these facts, NYSCADV staff have done our best to review all available resources and only pass along to you those that discuss educational and awareness programming within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in this newsletter.

We also understand that many DV and Sexual Assault advocates hold annual fundraisers during the month of April to, among other things, raise critical funds to support local services or raise matching fund payments to ensure the continuity of state or federal grants. However, such events are impossible in light of the Coronavirus and the New York on PAUSE requirements. We have compiled several webinars and resources to assist advocates with fundraising activities in the currently-required virtual environment on our website. For our calendar of events here and for funding opportunities here. We also encourage you to utilize online fundraising tools such as Facebook fundraisers to raise funding.

Additionally, moving forward, we will be moving webinars, trainings, funding opportunities, etc. from the newsletter to the NYSCADV website in an effort to streamline information and to not inundate our readers with information.

As the nation is urged to stay home to prevent the spread of this disease, we are starkly reminded that “home” is typically an unsafe place for survivors and their children. When home is dangerous, the safety net of housing, economic, legal and healthcare, including mental health, supports should be there to protect survivors from further harm. Yet shelters and victim service organizations are now grappling with the unprecedented challenge of communally housing and providing services for survivors just as the public health crisis requires distance and separation. Programs are moving to provide services virtually, but most program providers are not equipped to provide supports in this manner and have concerns about survivor confidentiality needs.

NYSCADV encourages you to support the fund-raising activities of your local DV and Sexual Assault program in this time of need. Alternatively, click here to help NYSCADV support DV advocates in their work with DV survivors and their families.

Also, look towards the future and please save the dates:

  • May 12, 2020: NYSCADV Legislative Day of Action
  • November 19-20, 2020: NYSCADV DV Directors’ Summit

Be well and be safe,


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). It is time when the anti-sexual violence community comes together to raise awareness about sexual violence in our communities. This year's theme, I Ask, is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the importance of consent in our daily lives. To learn more about the the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's (NSVRC) SAAM campaign go here . For more information about COVID-19 and how to support survivors of sexual assault and sexual assault programs during this time please visit here.

Additional Resources:

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Every year Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) mobilize Pinwheels for Prevention and #GoBlu4NYKids public awareness campaigns. These campaigns promote simple actions that can make a big difference in the lives of children, strengthen families and prevent child abuse by removing and challenging barriers to healthy parenting. More than ever during this time of increased stress and uncertainty, there is a possibility that incidents of abuse and neglect could increase. We can all do more in our communities to prevent abuse from happening while practicing social distancing and respecting local health department guidelines.

For more information and resources about helping children and families during this time please go here and for PCANY's #GoBlu4NYKids campaign go here.

The Prevention & Helpline, in English and Spanish: 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373).
Every April, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVW) helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week - April 19-25, 2020 (NCVRW). NCVRW promotes victims' rights and honors crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year's theme is Seek Justice | Ensure Victims' Rights | Inspire Hope. Download  2020 NCVRW resources  - various materials are available in English and Spanish.
Financial abuse is a tactic used by abusers to have power over and control victims by preventing access to money or other financial resources and is one of the main reasons why a victim can't leave their abuser. It might include:
  • Controlling how money is spent
  • Withholding money or “giving an allowance”
  • Withholding basic living resources, medication or food
  • Not allowing a partner to work or earn money
  • Stealing a partner's identity, money, credit or property
The impact of COVID-19 may be adversely impacting domestic violence survivors and worsening an already bad situation. For more information and how to help check out:
New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Job Announcement: Deputy Director Position

Position Title: Deputy Director
Responsible To: Executive Director
Status: Full-time, exempt, salaried
Location: Albany, NY

Position Overview: This position is a significant leadership opportunity for an experienced individual grounded in nonprofit organizations and social justice movements. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated passion for NYSCADV’s mission and is a seasoned nonprofit leader with an established history of managing operations and projects and supporting a talented and diverse team.

Position Responsibilities: The Deputy Director will be responsible for assigned organizational leadership, operations, and capacity development tasks.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to

ASISTA Job Announcement: Executive Director Position

Position Title: Executive Director
Responsible To: Board of Directors
Status: Full-time, salaried
Location: Flexible

Position Overview: ASISTA (https://asistahelp.org) is looking for a new Executive Director. ASISTA’s mission is to advance the dignity, rights, and liberty of immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The Executive Director will report to ASISTA’s 7-member Board of Directors.

To Apply: Submit applications to careers@asistahelp.org by April 30, 2020.