COVID-19

During COVID-19, our services never stopped, and our doors never closed.  

During COVID-19 pandemic, ZeroV’s network of domestic violence (DV) shelter doors stayed open the entire time. Kentucky’s 15 regional DV shelters have been providing services uninterrupted to survivors since the pandemic and have integrated COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation work into these services to improve survivor service provisions. Because of COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation funding, ZeroV’s domestic violence programs have: 

  • Seen a boost Telehealth services with increased access to funding more computers/telecommunication devices 
  • Increased workforce capacity through training and increased benefits to DV advocates,  
  • Provided PPE and other COVID-19 mitigation supplies to survivors, and 
  • Offered mitigation services such as providing options for social distancing through hotel stays, offered access to the COVID-19 vaccine, and had COVID-19 tests available throughout the pandemic.

The Ongoing Effects of COVID-19 on Survivors 

ZeroV has been partnering with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) to conduct two research projects aimed at enhancing holistic services to survivors of domestic violence in Kentucky. The ongoing studies are to identify the impact of COVID-19 on health services delivery for survivors of DV, including experiences that differ based on intersecting identities and health concerns, and to assess alternatives to congregate shelter and identify opportunities for redesigning the delivery of shelter services that address health disparities. Final results are expected in the spring of 2024. Results will help direct future services to survivors of domestic violence.