The experiences of post-separation survivors of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic: findings from a qualitative study in the United Kingdom

Ruchi Desai, Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Shazia Zafar, Caroline Bradbury-Jones*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Post-separation for domestic violence (DV) survivors is known to be a period of heightened risk of domestic homicide. Evidence points to increased rates of DV during the Covid-19 pandemic, with specific challenges in help-seeking from DV services, yet studies that capture this qualitatively are still emerging. This UK study investigated the experiences of 21 separated DV survivors (all women) during the Covid-19 pandemic. Inductive, thematic analysis highlighted participants’ psychological distress, isolation, fear of Covid-19 transmission and detachment from support networks. The findings reflect the interconnected nature of adversities experienced by DV survivors and the exacerbation of these due to the insidious, multifaceted and synergistic impacts of DV and the pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalViolence against Women
Early online date6 Dec 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • covid-19 pandemic
  • domestic violence
  • post-separation
  • survivors
  • qualitative study

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