Social distancing and domestic violence: an exploration of the paradoxical impact of our public health response to COVID-19

Saturday, April 17th, 2021

Public health responses and policies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic have had a substantial impact on the incidence of domestic violence globally. Whilst regulations are in place to protect lives and livelihoods, an evaluation of these reveal the paradoxes embedded within such actions and the effects on vulnerable individuals. A consideration into the catalysts which prompt such a rise in rates of interpersonal abuse due to increased psychosocial pressures are discussed. Furthermore, strategies which could be implemented on a legislative and social level to counter these issues are deliberated.

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