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Out of harm’s way? Critical remarks on harm and the meaning of home during the 2020 Covid-19

This paper by Dr Craig Gurney, Lecturer in Housing at the School of Social and Political Sciences (Urban Studies) University of Glasgow, reports on a number of recent evidence reviews on the impacts of quarantine and isolation in previous epidemics. Findings included a wide range of substantial and long term negative psychological effects, including: post-traumatic stress symptoms, emotional disturbance, depression, insomnia and feelings of confusion, anger, frustration, boredom, anxiety, isolation and loneliness to which people with pre-existing mental health conditions are at greater risk.

This paper is important for us as we plan to come out of lockdown so we consider the meaning of home for people in coercive/controlling relationships or who are experiencing, at risk of, or fleeing from situations of intimate partner violence/domestic violence or experiencing other types of adult abuse.

Click here to download your copy: Out of harm’s way? Critical remarks on harm and the meaning of home during the 2020 Covid-19 social distancing measures. Working paper UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (08 April 2020).