Violence against women in the Covid-19 pandemic: A review of the literature and a call for shared strategies to tackle health and social emergencies

A. Viero, G. Barbara, M. Montisci, K. Kustermann, C. Cattaneo

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Abstract

The aim of this article was to conduct a rapid critical review of the literature about the relationship between violence against women (VAW) and the current COVID-19 pandemic. After the screening process, a total of 42 articles were considered. Our review confirmed that the “stay at home” policies to contrast the pandemic have increased the problem of VAW, creating a “shadow pandemic within the pandemic”, as it was called by the United Nations. However, rigorous studies estimating the relationship between VAW and COVID-19 pandemic are scarce; most of the articles are commentaries, letters, editorials, and most of the published data derives from social media, internet, anecdotal evidence and helplines reports. Health care systems should promote further investigations into the relation between VAW and COVID-19, to identify creative solutions to provide clinical care and forensic services for victims of VAW.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110650
JournalForensic Science International
Volume319
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Domestic violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Pandemic
  • Violence against women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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