Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center in Rutherford County forced to make Changes with COVID-19

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The world's COVID-19 pandemic and response is evolving swiftly. At the heart of DVSA's mission, The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center of Rutherford County says they are committed to the health, safety, and well-being of their staff and survivors in our community. Therefore, balancing their employees' safety against the need to continue to support critical services and infrastructure is paramount.

As a result, the local center will be implementing a temporary remote (work from home) strategy and adjusting their direct services support model, so that they may continue to provide vital healing and protective services to the Rutherford County community. However, in-person services will continue to be available with social distancing guidelines of a minimum of 6 feet between office personnel and clients (DETAILS BELOW).

DVSA updated strategy is as follows:

• All counseling services/sessions will be shifted exclusively to phone.

• In-person services will continue to be available with social distancing guidelines of a minimum of 6 feet between office personnel and clients.

• All employees should wash their hands for 20 seconds or more as recommended by the CDC regularly.

• All common area surfaces will be disinfected every 30-60 minutes.

• All office equipment including personal pens used should be disinfected regularly throughout the day.

• Staff will work on a rotating schedule of one day working remotely from home and one day working in the office to adhere to the recommended CDC guideline of limiting gatherings to 10 people. Office staff will not fall below 50% of staff in the office available for direct services to ensure we can meet the needs of our community.

• Sick employees will be encouraged to stay home which includes those running a fever within 24 hours of reporting to work. Special accommodations will be considered for those with an already compromised immune system.

The crisis lines are available 24/7 as always and we will continue to protect victims, prevent violence, and empower survivors through this difficult time.

Domestic Violence Crisis Line (615) 896-2012
Sexual Assault Crisis Line (615) 494-9262


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