Intimate partner violence crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic: how can radiologists make a difference?

Eur Radiol. 2020 Dec;30(12):6933-6936. doi: 10.1007/s00330-020-07043-w. Epub 2020 Jun 30.


• The COVID-19 crisis resulted in a variety of physical and mental health issues beyond the viral infection itself, as indicated by an increase in domestic violence.• Radiologists should be aware of typical intimate partner violence (IPV) injury patterns, actively ask potential IPV victims about the cause of injury, and be familiar with support systems for IPV victims of their institutions.• Emergency and radiology departments should review their protocols for identifying and supporting IPV victims, and train their staff to work together to implement these measures during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Coronavirus Infections / psychology
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intimate Partner Violence / psychology*
  • Male
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / psychology
  • Radiologists*
  • SARS-CoV-2