The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health Well-Being Among Staff of a Domestic Violence Shelter
School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Richard Lee Green
domestic violence, intimate partner violence, COVID-19, battered women’s shelter, mental health disorder, PTSD
Brown-Cotten, Tonisia Lynette, "The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health Well-Being Among Staff of a Domestic Violence Shelter" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4054.
The purpose of this qualitatively study via the Case Study approach was to recognize the impact that coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) had on the mental health of randomly selected female domestic violence shelters’ board members, staff, volunteers, and counselors and therapists. To guide this study, the theory of integrating existing knowledge of a topic generated an in-depth, multi-faceted understanding of a complex issue. The case study aimed to answer how COVID-19 impacted higher levels of stress, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress symptoms in the female gender. The study focused on the experiences of vicarious trauma (VT), secondary traumatic stress (STT), compassion fatigue (CF), burnout (BO), social services fatigue (SSF), acute stress disorder (ASD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the service providers as well as the work functions of the shelters’ staff impacted by the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic. Multiple data sources will be relied upon to build an in-depth, contextual understanding of the case.