Supporting Intimate Partner Violence Survivors and Their Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on October 11, 2021

Webinar Description: The characteristics associated with the stress, uncertainty and fear generated during a pandemic event can create an environment that facilitates the perpetration of violence against vulnerable populations. ​Emerging evidence demonstrates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation measures such as shelter-in-place orders on risk for violence in the home. Shelter-in-place orders created challenges to connect with families at risk for violence and the ability to provide services. Although these orders have been lifted, many families remain in homes where violence is occurring, with limited access to social support. Further, the pandemic has compounded this adversity for children during a time of additional stressors for families. Pediatric health care providers are well positioned to engage these families and connect them with resources within their community. Please join us to learn about the gaps, barriers, and innovations in service provision for women and children experiencing violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as their experiences interacting with health care providers. We will discuss concrete tools and resources to connect with these families in pediatric settings and available resources to support them.


  • Learn how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting adult intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors and their children
  • Learn about the experience of IPV survivors with children with pediatricians and other health care providers during the pandemic
  • Learn practical tips for supporting IPV survivors within pediatric practices
  • Learn about available resources to support families experiencing violence in the home and the role of IPV advocates


Maya Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kimberly Randell, MD, MS, MSc (she/her) is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Mercy Kansas City and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

Emily F. Rothman, ScD is Professor and Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department at Boston University, with secondary appointments at the Boston University School of Public Health and Boston University School of Medicine in Pediatrics.