Project Details


The research proposed widely addresses two current societal challenges which are COVID-19 crisis societal resilience and Intimate partner violence (IPV). Our research proposal aims at analyzing the issue of violence between partners in this context of COVID-19 crisis. The two issues fit with health and security fields that are considered as priories by the federal authority. The proposal cover the “Federal Societal challenge” pillar, which call for (1) the development of a solid scientific expertise to support the competencies, strategic orientations and policies of the federal state; (2) useful recommendations for the federal level; and the investigation of (3) the medium and long term effects of COVID-19 for the state and individuals; (4) the readability/effectiveness of the overall crisis management architecture and (5) the impact of the crisis measures; (6) strengths and weakness organisation of the health system in the fight against the pandemic; (7) social stabilisers in particular the measures relating IPV, and in particular for vulnerable groups; (8) the question of the relationship between the State and the media; (9) the people's management of domestic life and intra-family relations and in their seeking for care or judicial services. Each WP meets all or part of one of these objectives. The objective of the research is to evaluate via different disciplines and specific and complementary methods the changes in practices, innovations and new devices that were provoked, developed by the covid-19 crisis, maintained or abandoned after the crisis. In order to determine the extent to which the health crisis has reconfigured the policy framework with regard to partner violence, a detailed analysis of the public debates that took place during the period of confinement and its aftermath (the different phases of deconfinement) will be conducted (WP1). One stage of the research proposed involves to discuss with different key actors (experience experts, professionals from the judicial, political, health and the associative sector) on the impacts on the dynamics of violence, the measures and instruments developed during the crisis. In this way the objective is to make recommendations in the event of a recurrence of crises similar to that of COVID-19, but also, more broadly, with a view to the evolution of IPV intervention mechanism (WP6). Thus, our research mobilizes a large spectrum of discipline and the participation of a wide range of stakeholders. In depth interviews, online survey, focus groups and Case studies will be carried out in sector of policy, police, judiciary, health and associations to explore medium and long term effects of COVID-19 for the state or individuals and will provide informations on the impact of the crisis measures (WP1; WP2; WP3; WP4; WP5; WP6). Especially, one component of the research will focus on the work of the police (WP2) and an other on health and primary care work (WP3). Research will assess about organisation of the judicial and health systems in the fight during the pandemic (WP2; WP3). Solutions that can increase the resilience of this entities will be browsed. Finally, it will explore social stabilisers, in particular the measures relating IPV and for vulnerable groups with associative sector and experience experts. .
Short title or EU acronymIPV-DACOVID
Effective start/end date15/12/2015/10/23


  • violence

Flemish discipline codes

  • Other social sciences not elsewhere classified