Study – DAHILA-19 – ‘Domestic Abuse: Harnessing Learning under Covid19’

DAHLIA-19 is an international research study exploring domestic abuse policy and practice for survivors, children and perpetrators during the Covid-19 pandemic. The research is being undertaken in four countries: the UK, Australia, Ireland and South Africa and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Work continues on the Connect Centre’s DAHLIA-19 study ,‘Domestic Abuse: Harnessing Learning under Covid19’, led by Professor Nicky Stanley. The international study is exploring the service and policy response to domestic abuse under Covid-19 in the UK, Australia, Ireland and South Africa, working with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh, University of Melbourne, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Witwatersand. The team presented a symposium reporting early findings at the ECDV conference in September. Reports from the in-country mapping studies in Australia and Ireland are now available at the study’s website, and further reports from the UK and South Africa will be available shortly. The final report will be published in early 2022.

Why is this research needed?   
Both in the UK and globally, the risks of living with domestic abuse have increased as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. A range of responses at policy and practice levels have emerged. These differ across the world and little is known about their take-up and impact. This research will collect information on responses for survivors, children and perpetrators living with domestic abuse in order to influence approaches to future lockdowns and contribute to planning for lifting restrictions.

The first interim report from the DAHLIA-19 study is now available.

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