In May 2023, the Biden Administration released a U.S. National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (GBV) with seven pillars of strategies for action. Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Response is the sixth pillar of the plan with goals to:
Address GBV and associated risks in federal emergency response and recovery efforts.
Update training programs for first responders that address crisis-or disaster related GBV and trauma-informed care for GBV survivors.
Deepen the research base on the links between climate-related disasters and heightened risk for GBV, particularly for historically marginalized and underserved populations.
Across the globe, we have witnessed a trend of increased domestic and sexual violence reports after natural disasters occur. Experiences of violence after disasters appear to be gendered, in that women and gender expansive individuals experience increased rates of violence when compared to men.
Impact on Survivors:
Impact on Domestic Violence Service Providers:
“Domestic Violence Advocacy: A Disaster Response”
Authors: Melissa Kaufmann, Volunteer and Training Manager – National Domestic Violence Hotline. Michelle Emery, Training Specialist – National Domestic Violence Hotline
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