Unintended Consequences of the Coronavirus Response: Increasing Risk of Family Violence

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Wed, Apr 15th, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Wed, Apr 15th, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
Wed, Apr 15th, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT
Wed, Apr 15th, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT

4/7/2020: We have closed registrations for this webinar to ensure that everyone who has already registered is able to access the live session. Please submit your email below to be notified when the recording is available.

During our country’s response to the Coronavirus, social distancing and mass closures of organizations have become the most common mechanisms for slowing down the pandemic. But one of the potential “unintended consequences” of these actions is an increasing risk of family violence. 

Fear-induced stress, mass closures (including churches, libraries, and schools) resulting in limited childcare options, loss of income, and diminished resources are all likely to significantly increase the potential risk of abuse occurring in the home. Further, reduced social contact with the “outside world,” feelings of helplessness and overwhelmingness, and a significant shift in daily routine, presents great risk to the mental health of many families across the United States and around the world – many who are already living with the ever-present threat of domestic violence.

This webinar will review the presenter’s cutting edge research recently published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Based on the domestic violence report data and perpetrator statements, the researcher will share the relevance of when calls were received and how this relates to the significant amounts of time, all-togetherness, and isolation these already stressed families are now experiencing in the home.

All victim-serving agencies must be aware of the increased risk for all in these homes (especially children and pets as they often represent the most vulnerable household members) and a potential increase in reports of victimization both during and directly after the Coronavirus outbreak.




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