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Navigating risk and protective factors for family violence during and after the COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’


Spiranovic, C and Hudson, N and Winter, R and Stanford, S and Norris, K and Bartkowiak-Theron, I and Cashman, K, Navigating risk and protective factors for family violence during and after the COVID-19 perfect storm', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 33, (1) pp. 5-18. ISSN 1034-5329 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 Sydney Institute of Criminology

DOI: doi:10.1080/10345329.2020.1849933


The social conditions triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic have been described as a ‘perfect storm’, which could incite and exacerbate incidences of family violence (FV). This article proposes strategies to reduce the anticipated impact of COVID-19 on FV based on lessons learnt from available evidence. The evidence base on factors linking pandemics, conflicts, and disasters with violence against women and children (VAW/C) as well as risk and protective factors for FV is examined. This reveals several overlapping factors associated with changes in vulnerability to FV, which would likely be worsened during and possibly beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies are then proposed to counteract the effects of the current pandemic on these overlapping factors. It is anticipated that these strategies may be effective both during and after the pandemic.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COVID-19, family violence, pandemics, protective factors, risk
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Causes and prevention of crime
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Families and family services
UTAS Author:Spiranovic, C (Dr Caroline Spiranovic)
UTAS Author:Hudson, N (Ms Christina Hudson)
UTAS Author:Winter, R (Dr Romy Winter)
UTAS Author:Stanford, S (Associate Professor Sonya Stanford)
UTAS Author:Norris, K (Professor Kimberley Norris)
UTAS Author:Bartkowiak-Theron, I (Associate Professor Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron)
UTAS Author:Cashman, K (Dr Kate Cashman)
ID Code:142034
Year Published:2021 (online first 2020)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-12-09
Last Modified:2021-09-28

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