COVID-19, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Implications for Women of Color
Keywords:Intimate Partner Violence, COVID, Pandemic, Women of color, Critical Race Theory
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health issue that impacts all women regardless of race, ethnicity, education, age, and socioeconomic status. Although IPV impacts all women, studies have documented the high prevalence and disproportionate rates found specifically among women of color. However, there has been limited attention exploring the racial, historical, and structural factors that often compound women of color experiences with IPV. The COVID-19 pandemic has exemplified the need to explore how the pandemic and the COVID-19 responses (i.e., stay-at-home orders, physical restrictions, and social distancing) have impacted women of color experience of IPV. The purpose of this article is to bring awareness and light to the unique experiences of women of color. The article identifies the racial disparities that exist for women of color and suggests that critical race theory (CRT) can be a useful tool to engage and understand IPV among women of color.
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