Covid-19 Resources for Women’s Specialist Support Services & Women’s Organisations

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, women’s specialist services find themselves in completely new territory. WAVE is here to support not only its members but all women’s specialist support services.


Therefore this page will be regularly updated with useful information and materials which WAVE members are sharing with the WAVE office.




Technology-related Resources


Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors During a Public Health Crisis by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (USA)- Download here.


How to Operate as a Remote Workplace During a Public Health Crisis by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (USA) – Download here.


Digital Services Toolkit (online chat, text messaging, and video calls to provide services to survivors) suggestions by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (USA) – See here.


Training Curriculum on Counseling at a Distance when working with women victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence or Abuse – EU Erasmus+ project DIS.CO – Download here.


Chat-based assistance with children and adolescents by La Strada Ukraine – Download here


Provision of crisis assistance and psychological counselling for children via web-based services by Doctors to Children – Download here.


Principles and recommendations for Violence Against Women and Girls Data Collection during COVID-19 by UN Womand and WHO – Download here.


DocuSAFE: the free app which allows collection of abuse evidence by a survivor by National Network to End Domestic Violence – More here.


General Resources


Guidance for social housing providers on how to support tenants / residents during COVID-19 by Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) – See here.


COVID-19 Statement and Resources for VAW shelters, for women and for the general public by WOMEN’S SHELTERS CANADA – See here.


Measures to minimize the risks of COVID-19 by Women Forum Elbasan – Download here. *


*when WFE decided to close the DCC (Day Care Center) temporarily, there wasn’t any case accommodated. The DDC accommodates women and girls who experience violence up to a maximum of 5 days while waiting for the IPO (legal Immediate Protection Order issued by the State Police) to be moved to the national shelter. WFE will immediately open the DCC service and be in full functionality for the survivor of domestic violence when a request is received.


COVID-19 responses guidelines from Violence Free Minnesota. Download here.


Information in 16 Languages: Violence Against women and Human Trafficking by Il Grande Colibrì – See here.


Covid-19/Coronavirus: Safety and support resources by Women’s Aid UK – See here.


Free Legal Advice For Civil Society Organisations and health Professionals on sexual and reproductive health and rights + COVID19 by the Center for Reproductive Rights – Download here.


List of statements, reports and other relevant work carried out by NGOs provided by the Council of Europe – See here.


Feminist Response to COVID-19 by the Women’s Major Group and other Feminist Networks – See here.


Civil Society Initiatives in Response to GBV during COVID-19 by Council of Europe – See here.


International advice for front-line workers supporting women by eSafety Commissioner Australia – See here.


General information on the impact of COVID-19 on Women


COVID-19 overview in Albania provided by the Gender Alliance for Development Center – Download here.


Policy Brief: the impact of COVID19 on Women by the United Nations – Download here.


Joint Statement on COVID-19 and abortion in Europe signed by WAVE – Download here.


News on COVID-19 & SRHR in Europe (22 March – 9 April 2020) by the Center for Reproductive Rights – Download here.


Covid and Gender Equality Information by the European Institute for Gender Equality – See here.


Declaration of the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Instanbul Convention) on the implementation of the Convention during the COVID-19 pandemic – Download here.


Measures and Practices from the Council of Europe Member States during the crisis to mitigate its impact on women’s rights by Council of Europe* – See here.


* WAVE recommends checking if the country information provided are correct.


Voices of Women’s Organizations on COVID-19, April 2020 – Putting women at the forefront of COVID-19. Response in Europe and Central Asia by UN Women – Download here.


Statement on COVID-19: Ensure women’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights by the Commissioner of Human Rights, Council of Europe – See here.


The Gender Dimension of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Human Security by Fund “Sukhumi” – Download here.


Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence, Situation of Women Victims and the Access to the Support Services by Fund “Sukhumi” – Download here.


EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality: Good practices for
tackling domestic violence in the context of COVID-19
by European Women’s Lobby and WAVE – See here.




WAVE Webinar Series on COVID-19 pandemic:


  • The Situation of Women’s Support Services during the pandemic and the response of our member organizations (with focus on technology usage to e.g. counsel at a distance)


  • The current political situation and policy making with focus on the status of women


Find all recordings and materials here.


Webinar Series on COVID-19 pandemic by Global Network of Women’s Shelters and Asian Network of Women’s Shelters – See here.


COVID-19 specific Step Up! Campaigning Materials


The WAVE Step Up! campaign’s effort to disseminate relevant contacts and information as much as possible in order to reach all the women who are in the need of help:


The WAVE Step! Up Campaign has created 3 templates in order to ease distribution of important information about emergency women’s helplines and other services on your organisation’s social media:



You can download the templates here.


You can see the update of the information shared with the Step! Up Campaign template on our FB page here.


We are kindly asking you to follow the steps listed below:


Please, write and include relevant information in the template’s blank spaces (e.g. how to contact your organisation remotely, helpline numbers, additional services for women experiencing violence due to CoVid19, information on how to behave and what to do in case a woman is in a dangerous situation at home). To add the relevant information you can use editing picture websites (e.g.


Please, post the pictures on your social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) remembering to mention and tag @WAVE Step! Up Campaign and @WAVE Network. We will then share it on our social media as well.

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