This McMaster Optimal Aging Portal shares results of a moderate-quality systematic review that examined the scientific literature on violence against women during periods of physical distancing and confinement.

Highlights include:

o Pandemics can exacerbate gender inequalities and impact the way women receive treatment and care.

o Four types of factors increasing women’s vulnerability to violence during the pandemic: individual factors, interpersonal factors, community factors, and societal factors.

o Violence against women is a tragic and complex phenomenon, especially since this “shadow pandemic” is unfolding against the background of a health pandemic.

Published By: McMaster University Optimal Aging Portal

Publication Date: January 13, 2021

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