[Domestic violence and its psychological consequences during the COVID-19 pandemic-key findings from German-speaking countries].

Publication date: Jul 10, 2023

The impact of traumatic experiences on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic has been insufficiently discussed in the German-speaking countries. Against this background, a working group of scientifically and clinically active colleagues was formed on behalf of the German-Speaking Society for Psychotraumatology (DeGPT). The aim of the working group was to summarize central research findings on the incidence of domestic violence and associated psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic in German-speaking countries and to discuss their implications. In addition, associations between pre-existing childhood trauma and psychological distress during the pandemic should be illuminated. The present narrative review was prepared for this purpose. The results of the studies conducted indicate high prevalences of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, which, however, predominantly correspond to pre-pandemic prevalences. Adults with current or pre-existing interpersonal traumatic experiences during childhood or adolescence reported increased psychological distress during the pandemic compared with adults without such experiences. A number of risk factors (e. g., female gender, lower frequency of social contacts) increased the risk of psychological distress and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms during the pandemic. According to these findings, people with current or past interpersonal trauma exposure represent a vulnerable group with special support needs during pandemic contexts.

Concepts Keywords
Adolescence COVID-19 pandemic
Colleagues Post-traumatic stress disorder
Covid Prevalence
German Risk factors
Pandemic Trauma


Type Source Name
disease MESH Domestic violence
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease MESH psychological distress
disease MESH childhood trauma
disease VO frequency
disease MESH posttraumatic stress disorder
disease MESH Violence

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