The Harris County Health and Relationship Study
This winter, our incredible network of domestic violence service providers and aligned agencies worked together to distribute the Harris County Health and Relationship Study (HCHR) to our networks. The goal of the HCHR study is to understand the needs of vulnerable Harris County residents impacted by intimate partner violence and COVID-19. The study is a partnership between the UTMB Center for Violence Prevention and the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. 

Brief Report
The Harris County Health and Relationship Study Brief Report

The goals of the Harris County Health and Relationship Study (HCHR) were to 1) understand the impact of COVID-19 on DV and other types of harm and 2) assess needs and service experiences to enhance Harris County community service responses to DV to improve community recovery, safety, and wellness. Surveys were conducted with 446 Harris County residents and follow-up interviews were done with 48 survey participants. Results provide critical information about addressing the needs and experiences of people impacted by DV during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the Brief Report here.

Executive Summary
The Harris County Health and Relationship Study Brief Report

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges with deep impacts to the safety, stability, and wellness of Harris County residents, especially those impacted by domestic violence (DV). While we have early indicators from police reports and DV-focused professionals that the COVID-19 pandemic increased DV, we have not heard directly from DV survivors, partners using violence, and those at high risk for DV victimization and offending. To address this gap, The Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) partnered with the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (HCDVCC) to examine the experiences of Harris County residents impacted by DV. The goals of the Harris County Health and Relationship Study (HCHR) were to 1) understand the impact of COVID-19 on DV and 2) assess needs and service experiences of Harris County residents impacted by DV to improve community recovery, safety, and wellness. To meet these goals, we conducted comprehensive online surveys with 446 Harris County residents impacted by DV, and follow-up interviews were done with 48 survey participants. Survey participants were 77.8% female-identified and 54% were recruited from DV-related community organizations.

Download the Executive Summary here.