Author1 and title

(1arranged alphabetically)


Article type

Subject area

Key messages


Boserup B, McKenney M and Elkbuli A (2020) Alarming trends in US domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic

USA study. USA based authors

Short article

Emergency medicine

Lack of established support. Important role of health care staff. Need for screening tools.


Bradbury-Jones C. and Isham L. (2020) The pandemic paradox: the consequences of COVID-19 on domestic violence

General study. UK based authors


Clinical nursing

Survivors may not have access to online technologies/phone as they may be unaffordable and because of the control tactics of perpetrators.

Lockdown measures give more power for perpetrators to act without scrutiny and consequence.


Bradley NL, DiPasquale

AM, Dillabough K and Schneider PS (2020) Health care practitioners’ responsibility to address intimate partner violence related to the COVID-19 pandemic

General study. Canada based authors


Health care workers

Necessity for safe emergency warning systems to be used by survivors such as safe words and signal for help.


Campbell AM (2020) An increasing risk of family violence during the Covid-19 pandemic: Strengthening

community collaborations to save lives

USA study.


Based author


Forensic science

Perpetrator imposed restrictions and continued surveillance using technological means limit the ability of survivors to reach out for help electronically.

Opportunities for abuse expanded by perpetrators’ use of COVID-19 as a weapon against survivors, includes forbidding handwashing in an attempt to increase the survivors’ fear of contracting the virus and threatening to prohibit medical treatment if the survivor contracts the virus.

Exploring the impact of natural disaster literature may provide important insights.

Need for community collaborations.


Dyer H, Stelly D and Watson GL (2020) Intimate partner violence: Using standardized patients to Improve trauma-informed care in the era of the Covid-19 pandemic

Barbados/general study.

Barbados based authors

Opinion piece


Importance for the medical training curriculum to include

preparing students to be aware of their own traumatic experiences during the pandemic.


John N, Casey S, Carino and McGovern T (2020) Lessons Never Learned: Crisis and gender-based violence

USA study.USA based authors

Article-special issue

General IPV

COVID-19 exposes existing socio-economic inequalities, such as gender based violence.

Measures such as quarantines have increased women’s exposure to violence as confinement in physical spaces along with economic and health shocks have increased household stress levels.

Support services strained.

Take into account lessons learned from prior emergencies to avoid ongoing mistakes. Urges the inclusion of women in all COVID-19 decision-making processes.

The UN agencies UN Women and UNFPA have developed guidelines on gender-based violence and COVID-19 for governments to use.