Peter Farrugia, JD Candidate at University at Buffalo School of Law, and Health Law & Policy and Healthcare Management MBA Candidate
Lindsay Lougen, JD Candidate at University at Buffalo School of Law with a Concentration in Family Law Studies
Professor Judith Olin – Local attorney and former Erie County prosecutor; director of Family Violence and Women’s Rights Law Clinic at University at Buffalo School of Law; and Chair of the Domestic Violence Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Western New York
This podcast explores how survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (“IPV”) and Domestic Violence (“DV”) are being impacted by pandemic, and how their safety has been increasingly compromised as a result of social distancing and isolation necessitated by COVID-19. We explore how families or partners being forced to remain in close quarters for extreme amounts of time has proven socially, financially and psychologically stressful, and discuss how this stress has seeped into domestic and interpersonal relationships, creating a second pandemic of dangerous and increasingly frequent family violence in the home. These guests explain how survivors’ ability to access meaningful help are limited, and suggest ways in which we, as a community, can look for those who may need help and provide meaningful and effective resources to survivors and their children.
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