No one deserves to be hurt and no one is responsible for someone else’s harmful actions.

In this time when many of us are sheltering in place, our options for staying safe have changed, but they have not disappeared. There is a lot we can do to make ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safer.

#ShelterInSafety is a place to share our bravery and creativity. To help ourselves and those we love stay as safe as possible in circumstances that nobody should have to face, ever.

If you have a #ShelterInSafety story you would like to share with us, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.


Help a Friend Who is Experiencing Abuse

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Help for Friends and Family

IMPACT Boston: Bystander Intervention to Stop Sexual Assault

Preventing abuse of people with disabilities: End Abuse of People with Disabilities

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence: Jessica Teperow on How to Support Survivors in the time of COVID-19

Prevent Connect: Preventing violence in our homes: Meeting this moment with connection, care, and justice

Help a Friend Who is Hurting Others

Everyday Feminism: 6 Ways to Confront Your Friend Who’s Abusing Their Partner

Violence Free Colorado: How to Help Someone Who is Abusive

Prevent Connect: Preventing violence in our homes: Meeting this moment with connection, care, and justice

Restorative & Transformative Justice

Critical Resistance: Resources for Addressing Harm, Accountability, and Healing

Impact justice: Restorative justice 101 webinar with ASL interpretation

Bystander Intervention: Creating Safer Communities

Black Women’s Blueprint: Bystander Mixtape

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Bystander Tips and Strategies

IMPACT Boston: Bystander Skills Practice

Safety Planning

Casa Myrna: Safety Planning

Safe Horizon: Safety Plan

New York Times on Technology Safety: Technology Safety

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Digital Consent

Author Leslie Morgan Steiner:  What domestic violence survivors can do now to prepare for leaving

Keeping Kids Safe – Preventing Sexual Abuse

Assessing caregivers: Stopitnow.org – How to find safe childcare in emergencies

Talking to kids about online safety: Medium.com – What Parents Need to Know About Digital Consent

The Heal Project: Essential Workers Navigate Childcare

Resolve New Mexico: Parenting in times of crisis

Finding Power and Strength in Your Body

Empowerment Self-defense Alliance (ESD): https://www.empowermentsd.org/

Wild Inside Wellness:  Self-defense Technique

Self-Care and Resiliency

Option B: Build resilience and find meaning in the face of adversity

The Womxn Project: Sustaining Community Video Series

NSVRC: 7 Ways Survivors of Sexual Violence Can Practice Self-Care When Retraumatized During Tragedy

Mirror Memoirs 

COVID-19 Resources from Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advocates

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Resources for COVID19 Response

JDI: Coronavirus Resources and Information


Mutual Aid & Community Care

Autostraddle: We Have To Take Care of Each Other: Mutual Aid for COVID-19 and Beyond



Safelink – Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline: 1-800-378-1684

The Network/La Red (offers support services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer survivors of partner abuse): Hotline 617.742.4911 (voice) · 617.227.4911 (tty) http://tnlr.org/

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC): 24 hour hotline: 800.841.8371, http://www.barcc.org/

The Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC): (offers a hotline for reporting abuse against people with disabilities):         Hotline: 800-426-9009 or 888-822-0350 TTY,  http://www.mass.gov/dppc/about/

Jane Doe Inc. (a website to find resources in your area): https://janedoe.org/find_help/

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 (800) 799 – 7233

National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: 1 (866) 331 – 9474

Native Helpline for Domestic and dating violence: Hotline: 1 (844) 762 – 8483

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: 1 (888) 843 – 4564 // Youth Talkline: 1 (800) 246 – 7743 //                          Senior Helpline: 1 (888) 234 – 7243, Email: help@LGBThotline.org

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) – National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1 (800) 656-4673

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: Hotline: 1 (800) 950 – 6264, Email: info@nami.org

Teen Support Hotline: Call 310-855-4673 Text TEEN to 839863

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