How did the COVID-19 lockdown impact domestic abuse in London, UK?

Project specs


Camille Stengel



Funding agency

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) (funded the intervention that was the focus of the research), The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust (funded the intervention that was the focus of the research), Solace Women’s Aid (funded the research participant thank-you vouchers), Early Career Research Network Fund at the University of Greenwich (funding the creation of the video), Justice Studio (provided pro-bono work to lead the project)




This video summarises a small research study conducted in London, UK during the first COVID lockdown of 2020. Researchers at Justice Studio collaborated with Solace Women’s Aid and Dr Camille Stengel (University of Greenwich). The research aimed to understand how the lockdown impacted both victims of domestic abuse and the charity workers responding to victims’ needs.

Video funded by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences Early Career Researcher Network at the University of Greenwich.

Researcher Profile

Solace Women’s Aid is the leading violence against women and girls (VAWG) organisation in London. Our aim is to work to prevent violence and abuse as well as providing services to meet the needs of survivors particularly women and girls. Our work is holistic and empowering, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse. The need for our services is even more vital during this difficult time.

Justice Studio is a compassionate consultancy and research organisation specialised in social justice. We are at the vanguard of an alternative consultancy model motivated by empathy. We champion the voices of those in society who are most disadvantaged and un-heard, such as children, adults at risk, offenders, and communities affected by migration, conflict or unequal power relations.

Dr Camille Stengel is a senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Greenwich in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has a decade of experience conducting research with and advocating for the rights of vulnerable and marginalised populations involved in the criminal justice system, with a focus on gender.

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