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TitleThe different contexts of domestic violence before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: a portuguese overview
Author(s)Ribeiro, Rita
Almeida, Iris
Saavedra, Rosa
Caridade, Sónia Maria Martins
Oliveira, Ana
Santos, Manuela
Soeiro, Cristina
KeywordsChildren/adolescents abuse
domestic violence
COVID-19
elderly abuse
intimate partner violence
victim support
Issue date21-Mar-2022
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalVictims & Offenders
CitationRita Ribeiro, Iris Almeida, Rosa Saavedra, Sónia Caridade, Ana Oliveira, Manuela Santos & Cristina Soeiro (2022): The Different Contexts of Domestic Violence Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Portuguese Overview, Victims & Offenders, DOI: 10.1080/15564886.2022.2052214
Abstract(s)The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictions impacted the world in numerous ways. These restrictions resulted in victims of domestic violence spending more time with their abuser, contributing to a rise in requests for help. The contexts for domestic violence include intimate partner violence (IPV), abuse of children/adolescent and victimization of the elderly within the family. This article compares the prevalence of domestic violence contexts between a pandemic and a non-pandemic year. Based on the assessment of data, taken from a Service Management Platform (PLAGA) and provided by the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV), 12,576 requests from 2019 to 2020 were analyzed. Findings revealed that a 13.3% increase in requests for help, mainly from child/adolescent victims, was registered in 2020 compared with 2019, with a 100.7% increase solely during the lockdown period. Physical and psychological violence, often reported by victims of IPV, children/adolescents and elders, also increased during this period. Requests for help through distance support increased substantially in the pandemic year. The importance of support for victims during the pandemic and the need for new support strategies have been highlighted if victims, bystanders and professionals are to be assisted.
TypeArticle
URIhttps://hdl.handle.net/1822/77653
DOI10.1080/15564886.2022.2052214
Publisher versionhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15564886.2022.2052214
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
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