Need an expert? COVID-19 and domestic violence

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Teddy bear with a bandage on its head and on its heart

Members of the media may directly contact the following expert:

Simon Lapierre (French only)

Full Professor, School of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences

Simon.Lapierre@uOttawa.ca

“The current situation is a source of stress for families. This stress can exacerbate conflict and can sometimes trigger violent behaviour. To minimize this stress, parents can try to reduce their demands and adopt different strategies - routine, task sharing, reserved spaces, etc. - to help them cope. For families where there is a history of violence and where women and children fear for their safety, do not hesitate to ask for help. You can call the police, child protection or shelters.”

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