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.