People who are surviving intimate partner violence and family violence are likely to have experienced and may continue to experience increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing measures during the Coronavirus pandemic. Survivors often have specific needs around safety, health, and confidentiality. People who are already more vulnerable to economic and health insecurity are facing additional challenges as the pandemic continues.
Healthcare providers have the unique opportunity to offer patient-centered harm reduction strategies, which enhance survivor health and safety, as well as provide invaluable support and access to resources during this time of heightened risk. For additional resources to help implement effective screening protocols, visit www.ipvhealth.org.