Examining the impact of COVID-19 for women victims of intimate partner violence and their children

Hands of women and a child on opposite sides of window pane,  photo by Jevanto Productions/Adobe Stock

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What is the issue?

An increase in intimate partner violence has been a worrying consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic in EU Member States and globally. Lockdown measures imposed in many countries have increased the exposure of victims to perpetrators, with increased levels of stress and economic instability potentially exacerbating the issue.

There is an urgent need to understand which of the measures adopted by Member States during the pandemic have proved most useful in protecting and supporting victims of intimate partner violence, and how best to implement them.

How are we helping?

RAND Europe has been commissioned by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) to identify promising measures for protecting and supporting women who are victims of intimate partner violence and their children, both during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on contextual information gathered from across all Member States, the study will provide recommendations on two types of national measures:

  1. Measures that could facilitate access to support services for victims of intimate partner violence and increase the functionality of such services during the COVID-19 pandemic or other crises.
  2. Measures to be included in emergency and recovery plans which are most likely to help reduce violence against women in these contexts.