You Can Help Prevent Family Violence During COVID-19
By David Doolittle


Many families have had to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but for some people, family violence and abuse means home is a dangerous place. 

How has family violence changed during COVID-19 and how can medicine respond? 

Four members of the Texas Medical Association Subcommittee on Behavioral Health address those questions and more in a new TMA Practice Well podcast – Family Violence During COVID-19

The podcast features pediatricians Christopher Greeley, MD, and Joyce Mauk, MD, and obstetrician/gynecologists Kimberly Carter, MD, and Corbin Weaver, MD. 

Specific topics discussed on the podcast include: 

  • Why COVID-19 has created an especially dangerous environment for families at risk of child abuse and intimate partner violence;
  • What evidence we have that family violence is increasing during COVID-19;
  • What signs of family violence physicians should be aware of when seeing patients;
  • How physicians can support families under extreme stress during COVID-19; and
  • What legal obligations a physician has to report suspected violence in the home. 

Family Violence During COVID-19 is accredited for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 0.75 ETHICS. Like most of TMA’s CME courses, the podcast is free for TMA members and their practice staff thanks to a generous sponsorship by the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust.  

The podcast is available below, on the TMA Education Center, or on all major podcast platforms. 

Stay on top of the latest news, resources, and government guidance on the coronavirus outbreak by visiting TMA’s COVID-19 Resource Center regularly.

Last Updated On

October 13, 2021

Originally Published On

July 27, 2020

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