Description: Here is a rather disturbing thing to think about in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is very possible that once we get it under control we will then have to pivot quickly to deal with a number of related “pandemics” involving things like mental illness, anxiety, stress, un (or under) employment, debt, and domestic violence. Historically, our actions towards addressing and reducing domestic violence got a huge push from calls for action made by those working in shelters for those trying to escape situations of spousal abuse who, among other things pointed out that women sometimes returned to abusive homes and spouses because they lacked means and opportunities to take alternative actions (and children may have been involved). Now, over the past year, Covid-19 related social realities have greatly reduced means and opportunities for individuals in abusive relationships once again and the result? Well, think about it and then read the article linked below to see what the U.N. is sayhing about this important issue.
Source: U.N. Report Puts Spotlight on ‘Shocking’ Views About Domestic Abuse, Kaia Hubbard, US News and World Reports.
Date: January 2, 2021
The U.N. tells us this is a global issue but that does not mean it is happening only in other places. It is happening everywhere. While we may see post-Covid advantages such as more flexibility in working at home versus office, video-conferencing, and online shopping there are many areas that will require a LOT of post Covid work. Domestic violence is one of those areas that should not be lost in the face of other important concerns related to anxiety, stress and general wellbeing. This is going to be a challenging year even after we get past Covid.
Questions for Discussion:
- Why might there be reason to be concerned about rates of Domestic Violence through the Covid-19 pandemic?
- What sorts of things might be helpful during these times of social insolation in continuing not address issues of Domestic Violence?
- What sorts of things should we be doing NOW in order to reduce the impact of the array of post-Covid epidemics we may be facing?
References (Read Further):
United Nations (2020) Human Development Report 2019, Link
Bradbury‐Jones, C., & Isham, L. (2020). The pandemic paradox: The consequences of COVID‐19 on domestic violence. Journal of clinical nursing. Link
Kofman, Y. B., & Garfin, D. R. (2020). Home is not always a haven: The domestic violence crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Link
Sharma, A., & Borah, S. B. (2020). Covid-19 and domestic violence: an indirect path to social and economic crisis. Journal of family violence, 1-7. Link
Buttell, F., & Ferreira, R. J. (2020). The hidden disaster of COVID-19: Intimate partner violence. Psychological trauma: theory, research, practice, and policy, 12(S1), S197. Link
Cullen, W., Gulati, G., & Kelly, B. D. (2020). Mental health in the Covid-19 pandemic. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, 113(5), 311-312. Link
Mann, F. D., Krueger, R. F., & Vohs, K. D. (2020). Personal economic anxiety in response to COVID-19. Personality and Individual Differences, 167, 110233. Link