Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID-19 Lockdown: A Look at the Trends and Treatment Approaches

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Nagra, Manjot
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Taking a feminist critical approach, this capstone considered the prevalence of IPV during the COVID-19 lockdown and how it changed since pre-lockdown times. Various data measurement tools were used including police records, calls to domestic violence hotlines, online search trends, and self-report data. Risk factors for IPV were considered including belonging to a low socio-economic class, being unemployed, belonging to a patriarchal society, having a partner who uses substances, and education levels. Overall, it was concluded that there was an increase in the prevalence of COVID-19 since the beginning of the lockdown. Treatment approaches were considered, including tools for safety screenings, risk assessments, and safety planning. Mental health concerns resulting from IPV including PTSD and substance abuse were considered. Motivation interviewing and cognitive processing therapy were considered as treatment approaches. The literature revealed a lack of focus on minority populations, implying further research is needed for these groups.
intimate partner violence , domestic violence , safety planning , risk assessment