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Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence during Lockdown and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lyons, M and Brewer, G (2021) Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence during Lockdown and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Family Violence, 37 (6). pp. 969-977. ISSN 0885-7482

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Previous studies have demonstrated that there is an increase in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) during times of crisis (e.g., financial, environmental, or socio-political situations). The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented global health and financial tragedy, but research is yet to establish exactly how the situation may impact on IPV. The present study investigates victims’ experience of IPV during lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic. We report a qualitative thematic analysis of 50 discussion forum posts written by victims of IPV. Of these, 48 forum posts were written by female victims of male perpetrated violence. All forum posts were obtained from the popular online platform, Reddit. We identified four themes associated with IPV victims’ experiences during lockdown and the global pandemic: (i) Use of COVID-19 by the Abuser, (ii) Service Disruption, (iii) Preparation to Leave, and (iv) Factors Increasing Abuse or Distress. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on those living with IPV, often increasing the severity of IPV experienced. The experiences of those affected by IPV during this period inform interventions and the guidance and support provided to IPV victims during times of crisis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology; 1701 Psychology; Criminology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Springer
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 11:50
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 12:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s10896-021-00260-x
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17894
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