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COVID-19 and domestic violence: impact on mental health

Parveen Ali (Health Sciences School, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
Michaela Rogers (Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
Susan Heward-Belle (Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)

Journal of Criminal Psychology

ISSN: 2009-3829

Article publication date: 12 July 2021

Issue publication date: 3 August 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the mental health impact of domestic violence and abuse within the context of the global pandemic. This paper will explore factors contributing to rising rates of violence and mental health problems exacerbated by stressors related to the global pandemic, including public health measures implemented to prevent the spread of coronovirus disease (COVID-19). It will also explore what can be learnt from the current pandemic situation to prevent domestic violence and abuse in future emergency situations and pandemics and will provide suggestions, for policy, practice and future research.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is informed by discussion between authors as experts in the field, their reflection on the current situation and review of available literature. Synthesising information from best practice guidance across the global literature, this paper proposes a best practice framework using an ecological approach to address intimate partner violence in times of pandemic, crisis or natural disaster.

Findings

This paper aimed to explore the mental health impact of domestic violence and abuse within the context of the global pandemic.

Originality/value

This paper provides an analysis of available literature and explains impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence and abuse.

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Citation

Ali, P., Rogers, M. and Heward-Belle, S. (2021), "COVID-19 and domestic violence: impact on mental health", Journal of Criminal Psychology, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 188-202. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-12-2020-0050

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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