Disaster Without, Disaster Within: Natural Disasters and Family Violence

April 8, 2021
3:00pm - 4:00pm

This presentation will review extensive literature regarding natural disasters and the increase in family violence often reported in the wake of these events. We will discuss specific disasters around the globe and explore similarities in household characteristics between what is reported after these events and what has been reported during the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants will learn how increased stress experienced during and after these events significantly increases risk of abuse victimization for adults, children, and pets who reside in the homes impacted. With increasing reports of family violence extending a year or more after the event and declining mental health reported for up to three years after disaster, professionals must prepare for long-term family violence victim assistance needs following the current pandemic. The importance of protecting pets to better protect people, during disaster and at all other times as well, will also be highlighted.


Andrew Campbell (CEO/Founder of Campbell Research & Consulting) is an expert on domestic violence and the associated risks of harm for adults, children, and animals residing in homes where this violence occurs. Utilizing cutting-edge data analysis and a unique perspective on violence in the home, he provides education for agencies across the country and assists in developing more efficient and effective community responses to physical and emotional violence. Andrew’s several recent publications in major academic journals include his analysis of nearly 10,000 first responder reports and observations from the scene of domestic violence incidents and are among the first in academic literature to use law enforcement data to quantify risk of harm/injury in this manner.