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Jan 14, 2022

The pandemic in some ways put victims of intimate partner violence in more vulnerable positions as support services became out of reach and lost jobs, virtual work and other issues meant women were trapped at home with violent partners.

Black women found themselves dealing with these new obstacles as well as the racism and sexism that already existed for them before the pandemic.

In this podcast episode, Bloomberg American Health Director of Communications Andrea K. McDaniels spoke with Tiara C. Willie, Bloomberg Assistant Professor of American Health in the Department of Mental Health, and Megan Simmons, Senior Policy Attorney for Ujima, Inc.: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community, about how the environment created housing instability for Black women.