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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Needs and Lived Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence Survivors in the United States: Advocate Perspectives.

Authors
  • Ragavan, Maya I1
  • Risser, Lauren2
  • Duplessis, Virginia3
  • DeGue, Sarah4
  • Villaveces, Andrés4
  • Hurley, Tammy P5
  • Chang, Judy6
  • Miller, Elizabeth2
  • Randell, Kimberly A7
  • 1 Division of General Academic Pediatrics, 6614University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • 2 Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, 6614University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • 3 140414Futures Without Violence, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • 4 Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 1242Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • 5 Child Welfare, Trauma, and Resilience Initiatives, 3192American Academy of Pediatrics, Itasca, IL, USA.
  • 6 Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and Internal Medicine, Magee-Women's Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • 7 Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children's Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
12-13
Pages
3114–3134
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211054869
PMID: 34859721
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

We explored the challenges and lived experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic by interviewing 53 U.S.-based IPV advocates between June and November 2020. Advocates described how the COVID-19 pandemic limited survivors' abilities to meet their basic needs. The pandemic was also described as being used by abusive partners to perpetrate control and has created unique safety and harm reduction challenges. IPV survivors experienced compounding challenges due to structural inequities. IPV must be considered by local, state, and federal governments when developing disaster planning policies and practices, including in the context of pandemics.

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