DV LEAF HEALING PROJECT

Domestic violence has spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why? Whether it's a public health crisis or extreme weather event, the risk factors are similar. Stress created by financial strain, loss of a home or job, can trigger feelings of powerlessness and a need for control, which are known precursors to violence.

Given climate change, more disasters and violence seem inevitable.

Environmental JusTice for
Domestic violence survivors

Vulnerable populations are more susceptible to the adverse impacts of climate change. Climate stressors and events exacerbate threats to health, shelter, water, food, economic security, and safety from violence.  

Below are examples of research exploring the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities. More empirical studies are needed to understand the link between domestic violence and climate change.

Climate Change & Vulnerable Communities

Click here to read a selection research that explores the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities including domestic violence survivors.

Women as Environmental Refugees

Click here to read a selection of research that explores what the future looks like for vulnerable communities in the aftermath of climate change.

In the News: Survivors & Climate Change

Click here to read a selection of news stories that amplify the voices of survivors of domestic violence impacted by climate change.

DV LEAP Letter to Washington DC Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency

On December 7, 2020 DV LEAP has sent a letter to the Washington DC Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency asking them to issue a statement acknowledging the impact climate change has on domestic violence. Specifically, how this will effect the District and it's population. We are asking them to collaborate with DV LEAP to be a champion for survivors.

Click here to read the letter.

Furthermore, current laws and policies in most jurisdictions address domestic violence and climate change. Few laws or policies, however, recognize the intersection of these two issues.  Even fewer empower survivors to be involved in the process of addressing this growing reality.  Click here to read a document that provides an overview of opportunities to develop thoughtful law and policy in the District that addresses this intersection moving forward.


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