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Family violence among 2SLGBTQ+ youth at risk of, and experiencing, homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic
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What is this research about?
Previous studies have reported that family violence and rejection are associated with serious physical and mental health outcomes among 2SLGBTQ+ youth. This includes post-traumatic stress disorder, increased risk of suicide, anxiety, depression and substance use. During the COVID-19 pandemic, family violence significantly increased. Multiple factors are associated with increased family violence during pandemics, including:
- financial difficulties and stress
- social distancing
- quarantine and isolation
- increased exposure to abusive relationships
- closure of crucial community resources
- decreased access to support.
Because of the pandemic, employment and housing situations changed for many youth. They were forced to return to their parents’ homes and quarantine with unsupportive and/or abusive family members. This resulted in high rates of reported cases of family violence.
This is the first study to investigate family violence among 2SLGBTQ+ youth at risk of, and experiencing, homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.