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Abstract Title:

Family violence and COVID-19: Increased vulnerability and reduced options for support.

Abstract Source:

Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2020 Apr 20. Epub 2020 Apr 20. PMID: 32314526

Abstract Author(s):

Kim Usher, Navjot Bhullar, Joanne Durkin, Naomi Gyamfi, Debra Jackson

Article Affiliation:

Kim Usher


Family violence refers to threatening or other violent behaviour within families that may be physical, sexual, psychological, or economic, and can include child abuse and intimate partner violence (Peterman et al. 2020, van Gelder et al. 2020). Family violence during pandemics is associated with a range of factors including economic stress, disaster-related instability, increased exposure to exploitative relationships, and reduced options for support (Peterman et al. 2020). Due to the social isolation measures implemented across the globe to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, people living in volatile situations of family violence are restricted to their homes. Social isolation exacerbates personal and collective vulnerabilities while limiting accessible and familiar support options (van Gelder et al. 2020). In many countries, including Australia, we have already seen an increase in demand for domestic violence services and reports of increased risk for children not attending schools (Duncan, 2020); a pattern similar to previous episodes of social isolation associated with epidemics and pandemics (Boddy, Young&O'Leary 2020).

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