In new research, Georgia Tech’s Lindsey Bullinger found that the isolation forced by the Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in child abuse and neglect, as well as domestic violence.
“Covid-19 abruptly exposed a vast number of families who have never faced domestic violence and child maltreatment to stressors that are well-known to increase risk for these kinds of events,” Bullinger said. “So, this is affecting not just the children and families who are traditionally at risk, but also those who are completely new to this environment.”
Bullinger is available for media interviews to discuss her findings. You can also read more about her work here: https://www.iac.gatech.edu/news-events/stories/2020/8/school-public-policy-researcher-explores-covid-19-impact-child-welfare/638403