Repeatedly on the news and in academic journals, I’ve been seeing reports about and concerns regarding rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) as our world is dealing with the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC (2021), intimate partner violence is defined as “physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.” This blog will examine the dynamics present when men perpetrate intimate partner violence toward their female partners during a pandemic.
Blog posts with the tag "COVID-19"
Providing therapy to military-connected clients with PTSD during the pandemic has raised my awareness about the intersection between trauma symptoms, COVID-19-related anxiety and distress, and military values that can help individuals cope with the outbreak like having good situational awareness, taking individual responsibility, applying discipline, and striving for the larger mission to maintain safety and protect others. My clinical work has also led me to think more about how the pandemic is impacting military members and their families overall.
It was odd that my brother was calling me. I hadn’t even unpacked after just returning home from visiting my family in Indiana for the Christmas holiday. He said, “Erin, Wendel and the kids were killed in a car accident on their way back home.” On 29 December 2005, the date of the accident, my journey through complicated grief began and continues to this day. Just as my grief process continues, I expect there are many who have been thrown into grief and will be attempting to find their way through this journey, especially due to the pandemic. As a devoted helper, I will share a few things that have guided me in my journey…
The ongoing pandemic has created an environment of chronic stress, fear, tension and vigilance. While this is a difficult combination for all of us to experience, it can be especially difficult for those who have experienced this combination before, such as our combat Veterans. Traditions and rituals can help us remember more peaceful times and experience subsequent emotions, temper difficult memories from our past and stress of our present.