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Domestic Violence during COVID-19

Authored By: Alaska Legal Services

What if I am experiencing Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking protective orders are still being heard by Alaska Courts during the COVID-19 emergency. If you are in need of a protective order, the Alaska State Court system's website explains how to file for a protective order in Anchorage, and how to file for a protective order outside of Anchorage, during the COVID-19 emergency. 

Before you file your petition, it may help to call your local state courthouse and ask if there is anything else you should know about filing a petition there during the COVID-19 emergency. Local courts have been affected in different ways.

Due to COVID-19, you or a witness who is concerned about personal health and saftey can request to appear telephonically at protective order hearings instead of in person.

 

Tribal Members may also want to consider whether their Tribe has a Tribal Court that hears protective order matters and if it is hearing them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check ALSC's Tribal Court directory in .PDF format, here
 

Other Resources:

A list of statewide domestic violence and sexual assault services is available here. These services may be impacted by COVID-19. For more information call the individual service provider or visit their website. 

You can still call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-844-7NATVIE (762-8483) at anytime of day (24/7).  All calls are free and confidential and advocates can assist people in more than 200 languages. You may also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) to be routed to a local sexual assault service provider. Calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline are confidential and available 24/7. 

If you are Alaskan Native or American Indian and are experiencing domestic violence you can reach out to the StrongHearts Native Helpline at 1-844-7NATIVE (8483). The Helpline is still operating to assist Native victim-survivors of domestic and dating violence daily from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. CT. 

Last Review and Update: May 05, 2020