Mental Health Thermometer - Addressing Conflict and Violence during COVID-19

07 May 2020

Mental Health Thermometer

Addressing Conflict and Violence during COVID-19 Pandemic

Domestic Violence -call it physical, emotional, economic or sexual violence; the big word is VIOLENCE WITHIN YOUR CLOSE RELATIONS. It can be defined as the use of power and force to control victims.

Sometimes it feels like having power and control over the other person is the way to ‘win’, for example, in a conflict. But the question is, are the problems solved or they are just put under the carpet? Looking at it from a bird’s-eye view, does violence solve or aggravate situation?

Anger, frustration, tension, anxiety and uncertainty, if not well handled, are likely to be spark violence.  Confinement at home, experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which comes with heightened levels of stress have the potential to produce stressful environments that precipitate violence.

Possibly you are a victim of domestic violence or you know someone who is experiencing it. You might be feeling caged and helpless; you wonder, how do you rise to become a survivor?

Or possibly you find yourself as the perpetrator and feel caught up in this spiral; amongst other questions, you need to ask –

Could this be the way I have learnt to solve problems over the years? Is it a pattern I inherited from my environment? Am I picking up what my peers are modeling? Has this become my pattern of releasing frustration, anxiety and anger?”

Domestic violence affects your self -esteem and your performance, and relationships with other people who are not party to the violence situation.  Whether a ‘victim’ or a ‘perpetrator’, whichever way you define the issue, it is time to reach out to someone who will listen, help you process and provide the support that is needed.

Call 0793 484 334 or 0724 255 378 to speak to one of the UN Counsellors.

(Click this link to read more on Domestic Violence)

Posted on: 07 May 2020