This presentation will review extensive literature regarding natural disasters and the increase in family violence often reported in the wake of these events. We will discuss specific disasters around the globe and explore similarities in household characteristics reported after these events and what is occurring now during the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants will learn how increased stress experienced during and after these events significantly increases risk of abuse victimization for children, adults, and pets who reside in all homes impacted. A new theory, developed by the presenter and termed "Opportunity to Abuse Theory" will be described, and data will be presented to show how reporting of different forms of family violence (child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and pet abuse) is impacted during lockdowns. The presenter's two recent academic publications regarding this topic (Campbell 2020 & Campbell 2021) will be incorporated throughout the presentation and made available to participants.
List key household characteristics often reported after natural disasters
Describe why family violence almost always increases after disaster
Understand similarities between family violence reporting patterns following natural disasters and patterns occuring during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Identify key concepts for improving prevention and detection of family violence during and after disaster
Detail related risks for families vulnerable to abuse likley to last for up to one year following the pandemic