Social context of Intimate Partner Violence and System Response During Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa: A scoping review

Ojo M. Agunbiade, Obafemi Awolowo University/ Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Akanni I. Akinyemi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Oluwaseun Obasola, College of Medicine University of Ibadan, Nigeria
John Abe, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Jacob W. Mobolaji, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Taofeek Aliyu, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Olutoyin Ikuteyijo, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Oladimeji Ogunoye, Obafemi Awolowo University
Lanre Ikuteyijo, Obafemi Awolowo University

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a global social and public health crisis entrenched in broader social and cultural context. COVID-19 disproportionately affects relationships and interactions in diverse ways. This scoping review attempts to synthesize evidence on the social contexts of IPVs and system responses to covid-19 in Africa. A scoping review will be conducted following Arksey and O' Malley (2005), refined by Briggs (2020). Published and unpublished literature will be sourced from bibliographic databases, institutional websites and electronic libraries from January 2020 to April 2021. The search strategy will be executed in phases using multiple search techniques from the following databases: Academic Search Complete (EBSCO), Gender Studies Database, Africa-Wide and Social Science Database (via EBSCO), Web of Science, WHO Covid-19 Library and Middle East & Africa Database (via ProQuest), Sociological Abstract (EBSCO), and Google Scholar. In addition, Open Grey, Grey Literature, the BBC portal and other relevant websites will be searched. Only articles written in English language will be screened following the Briggs (2020) recommendations. Extracted information from these sources will be convergently synthesised and presented using both thematic approach and descriptive statistics. The concomitant impact of Covid-19 on IPV and system response requires clear understanding in addressing the issue.

Keywords: COVID-19, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender

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  Presented in Session 120. COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health