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“Are you safe to talk?”: Perspectives of Service Providers on Experiences of Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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dc.contributor.author Leigh, Jenny
dc.contributor.author Peña, Lita Danielle
dc.contributor.author Anurudran, Ashri
dc.contributor.author Pai, Anant
dc.date.accessioned 2022-01-14T19:29:47Z
dc.date.available 2022-01-14T19:29:47Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Leigh, J.K., Peña, L.D., Anurudran, A., & Pai, Anant. (2022). “Are you safe to talk?”: Perspectives of Service Providers on Experiences of Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Family Violence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-022-00359-9 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s10896-022-00359-9.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/2636
dc.description.abstract This study aimed to better understand the factors driving reported trends in domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the effect of the pandemic on survivors’ experiences of violence and ability to seek support. We conducted semi-structured qualitative interviews with 32 DV service providers operating in organizations across 24 U.S. cities. The majority of providers described a decrease in contact volume when shelter-in-place orders were first established, which they attributed to safety concerns, competing survival priorities, and miscommunication about what resources were available. For most organizations, this decrease was followed by an increase in contacts after the lifting of shelter-in-place orders, often surpassing typical contact counts from the pre-pandemic period. Providers identified survivors’ ability to return to some aspects of their pre-pandemic lives, increased stress levels, and increased lethality of cases as key factors driving this increase. In addition, providers described several unique challenges faced by DV survivors during the pandemic, such as the use of the virus as an additional tool for control by abusers and an exacerbated lack of social support. These findings provide insight into the lived experiences driving observed trends in DV rates during COVID-19. Understanding the impact of the pandemic on survivors can help to shape public health and policy interventions to better support this vulnerable population during future crises. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.subject Interview Results en_US
dc.subject Domestic Violence en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject Partner Abuse en_US
dc.subject Victim Services en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Service en_US
dc.subject Pandemic en_US
dc.title “Are you safe to talk?”: Perspectives of Service Providers on Experiences of Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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