A ticking time bomb of future harm : lockdown, child abuse and future violence

Ellis, AJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0302-1387, Briggs, D, Lloyd, A and Telford, L 2021, 'A ticking time bomb of future harm : lockdown, child abuse and future violence' , Abuse: An International Impact Journal, 2 (1) , pp. 37-48.

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Access Information: This is the Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Abuse: An International Impact Journal in April 2021. The published version can be accessed at https://threequayspublishing.com/product/a-ticking-time-bomb-of-future-harm-lockdown-child-abuse-and-future-violence/

Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns has generated significant changes in the citizenry’s material realities. Although the efficacy of lockdown is yet to be determined, emerging evidence points to a rise in unintended harms, such as increased child abuse and neglect. Indeed, reported incidences of child abuse in many countries across the world have increased as at-risk children are confined to their dwelling for significant periods of time with a violent perpetrator. Drawing on recently developed theories that indicate a mediated causal link between childhood trauma and a commitment to violent behaviour in later life, particularly in young men, this article claims lockdown may be an unintended ‘violence generating mechanism’ that might potentially manifest itself in increased violent outbursts in the future. First, the article briefly outlines how lockdowns have impacted upon societies. It then explores the statistical upsurge in child abuse and neglect, including afar as Croatia, South Africa, New Zealand, China, Uganda, Nepal and the United Kingdom. The paper closes with a discussion of the empirical evidence that demonstrates a link between childhood trauma and violence in later life, concluding that lockdowns may act as a ticking time bomb of future harm.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Abuse: An International Impact Journal
Publisher: 3Quays Publishing
ISSN: 2633-8742
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Depositing User: AJ Ellis
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2021 08:24
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:51
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/60048

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