28 Mar Two Years Later: The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Domestic Violence
From 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM ET
At Online via Zoom
Presented by NY Crime Victims Legal Help, a project of the Empire Justice Center / [email protected]
Two Years Later: The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Domestic Violence
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been long-lasting and have greatly impacted victims of crime and service providers. This is especially true for victims of domestic violence or intimate partner violence. According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, within months, domestic violence cases increased by 25-33% globally. In another study, victims of IPV were more likely to report lost income, housing insecurity, and nutritional stress.
Additionally, the NYS Domestic Violence Hotline has seen an increase in calls even as calls to law enforcement have dropped. This impact on victims in turn has had a considerable impact on domestic violence shelters and programs – on the staffing, workload, and overall well-being of advocates and employees.
In this webinar, we will review research findings and hear from service providers on how COVID-19 has impacted victims of domestic violence and victim advocate programs.
The presentation will include:
- An overview of empirical studies about the impact of COVID-19 and domestic violence
- Challenges service providers initially experienced and their response to help intimate partner and sexual violence survivors
- Challenges providers face two years later and the impact on their programs and staff
The webinar will offer a view of the current and anticipated landscape involving victims of domestic and sexual violence. The experiences of the presenters and the lessons they learned may help attorneys, advocates, and programs.
- Susan Dietzel, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Human Services Research at SUNY Albany
- Lindsey Crusan-Muse, Director, St. Peter’s Crime Victim Services
- Heather Campbell, Executive Director, Advocacy Center of Tompkins County
- Mary Brennan-Taylor, VP of Programs, YWCA of the Niagara Frontier