The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying quarantine and lockdown measures are having a profound effect on women victims of intimate partner violence. The extreme circumstances of the pandemic have forced more women to spend an increased amount of time in abusive situations, while being isolated from their usual support networks. The conference will provide an opportunity to present two of EIGE’s most recent studies: one exploring the implications of COVID-19 for women victims of intimate partner violence, and another examining the factors that enable witnesses to better support victims.

Following the panel discussion, we will have three parallel breakout sessions, in which we aim to discuss the most promising measures and strategies put in place in EU Member States during the pandemic: 

  •  Breakout Session #1 Helplines – a key means of supporting victims 
  •  Breakout Session #2 Inter-institutional cooperation – maximising our networks 
  • Breakout Session #3 Online solutions – new ways of supporting victims 

Watch the event live here! We will broadcast the panel session from 10.00-11.15 CET and then come back to reveal the results of our two studies from 13.00-14.15 CET.