'You can't go home because you are at home': Critical reflections on capturing and reflecting the trauma of domestic violence work during COVID-19

Eylem Atakav, Karoline Pelikan, Victoria Cann

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Drawing on video data collected between June and September of 2020, this piece reveals the unique challenges presented by COVID-19 frontline domestic abuse workers in the UK and provides critical reflections from the authors in the form of a collective interview. This innovative study uses participant-led data collection (in the form of self-recorded video diaries) and filmed focus groups with CEOs of UK charities, parliamentarians, the police and NHS professionals. The authors produced a film, Lifeline, drawing on the knowledge produced from these focus groups and video-diaries, foregrounding the voices of the women who work in this sector. The conversation presented here unpacks the complexities of representing domestic violence provision both in creative and academic outputs. Furthermore, the conversation reveals the epistemological challenges that come with representing and understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the domestic violence sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483–491
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gender-Based Violence
Issue number3
Early online date16 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

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