Honors College
 

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Major

Political Science

Advisor(s)

Mark Brewer

Committee Members

Emily Cain, Patrick Downey, Renate Klein

Graduation Year

December 2022

Publication Date

Fall 12-2022

Abstract

Few studies have considered the impact of COVID-19 on the domestic violence workforce in the United States, while none have focused on the state of Maine or the challenges experienced by advocates and organizations as the pandemic becomes endemic. To fill these gaps, this study examines the immediate and enduring impacts of COVID-19 on Maine’s domestic violence workforce using semi-structured interviews analyzed thematically using an inductive coding technique. This study reveals (1) the impact of the pandemic on Maine’s the domestic violence workforce, (2) the ways in which adaptations were made in the provision of services, for better and for worse, and (3) the current challenges faced by these organizations as the pandemic becomes endemic.

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