10-Minute Talks: Domestic and sexual violence during COVID-19
by Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
11 Nov 2020
The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.
Pandemics throughout history have provided stark reminders of how the vulnerable can be exploited and abused and COVID-19 is no different.
In this talk, Joanna Bourke outlines how the pandemic has exacerbated, not created, the problem of domestic and sexual violence in our society and how perpetrators have also used fear of the virus as a weapon as part of their arsenal of abuse.
Speaker: Professor Joanna Bourke FBA, Professor of History, Birkbeck, University of London; Principal Investigator on the Wellcome Trust-funded project, ‘Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry’ (2018-2023)