Volume 150, Issue 3 p. 285-287
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The impact of COVID-19 on services for people affected by sexual and gender-based violence

Katy Johnson

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Katy Johnson

Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, USA

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Katy Johnson, Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, USA.

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Lindsey Green

Lindsey Green

Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, USA

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Muriel Volpellier

Muriel Volpellier

Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, USA

The Haven Paddington, Kings College Hospital, London, UK

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Suzanne Kidenda

Suzanne Kidenda

Physicians for Human Rights, Nairobi, Kenya

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Thomas McHale

Thomas McHale

Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, USA

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Karen Naimer

Karen Naimer

Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, USA

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Ranit Mishori

Ranit Mishori

Physicians for Human Rights, Boston, MA, USA

Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA

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First published: 17 July 2020
Citations: 51

Abstract

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and particularly intimate partner violence (IPV), has spiked dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the pandemic is impacting and interrupting SGBV and IPV services of all kinds. This paper focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical care and forensic medical documentation for SGBV survivors, including an analysis of the response in the UK and Kenya, and provides recommendations for safe implementation of these services during the pandemic.

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No conflict of interest has been declared by the authors.