Infographic: Intimate Partner Violence Interventions Relevant to Women During the Covid-19 Pandemic


  • Christie Stilwell Dalhousie University
  • Lori E Weeks Dalhousie University
  • Melissa Rothfus Dalhousie University
  • Alyssa Weeks Dalhouse University
  • Marilyn Macdonald Dalhousie University
  • Lois Jackson Dalhousie University
  • Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard Université de Moncton
  • Andrea Carson Dalhousie University
  • Elaine Moody Dalhousie University
  • Heather Helpard St. Francis Xavier University
  • Anika Daclan Dalhousie University



The COVID-19 pandemic has seen increased rates of intimate partner violence (IPV). This is attributed to greater stress on households and families (e.g., reduced income, limited access to childcare and schools), and isolation from friends and family. Public Health guidance on physical distancing and/or remote delivery of services are helpful for reducing the spread of infection, yet these restrictions can create further challenges and barriers for women seeking IPV services. In this review, we synthesized evidence from 4 systematic reviews and 20 individual studies to suggest how IPV services, supports, or interventions for women might be adapted within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Interventions generally fit into four main categories: 1) Preventing IPV through early recognition and awareness of IPV; 2) Counteracting abuse and breaking free; 3) Supporting women while living with and/or leaving an abusive partner; and 4) Supporting women after leaving an abusive partner. Many initiatives depend primarily on technology such as mobile phones and an internet connection for delivering information and interventions (e.g., mHealth, telehealth, websites, digital applications). However, it is important to consider that technological interventions are not available to all women given the financial resources necessary to secure a device and access to reliable internet. The results of this review can inform the service provision during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic and may be especially important for supporting women who have little access to face-to-face services (e.g., women living in rural and remote places where there are few in-person services).

Author Biographies

Christie Stilwell, Dalhousie University

Faculty of Health

Lori E Weeks, Dalhousie University

School of Nursing

Melissa Rothfus, Dalhousie University

Kellogg Health Sciences Library

Alyssa Weeks, Dalhouse University

School of Nursing

Marilyn Macdonald, Dalhousie University

School of Nursing

Lois Jackson, Dalhousie University

School of Health and Human Performance

Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, Université de Moncton

School of Nursing and Research Centre on Aging

Andrea Carson, Dalhousie University

School of Nursing

Elaine Moody, Dalhousie University

School of Nursing

Heather Helpard, St. Francis Xavier University

Rankin School of Nursing

Anika Daclan, Dalhousie University

School of Nursing


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