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Airing Pain 126: Domestic Violence and Chronic Pain

Exam­in­ing the links between domes­tic vio­lence and chron­ic pain, par­tic­u­lar­ly dur­ing the Covid-19 lockdown 

This edi­tion of Air­ing Pain has been fund­ed by the Women’s Fund for Scot­land.

The Coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic has been long and iso­lat­ing for every­one, but par­tic­u­lar­ly for those who expe­ri­ence abuse. The pan­dem­ic and sub­se­quent lock­downs have seen an increase in the lev­el and sever­i­ty of domes­tic abuse. 

In this episode of Air­ing Pain, our host Paul Evans dis­cuss­es the iso­lat­ing effects of Covid-19, trau­ma and how this can con­tribute to the devel­op­ment of debil­i­tat­ing chron­ic ill­ness­es such as Fibromyal­gia and Chron­ic Fatigue Syndrome. 

An arti­cle by author and domes­tic abuse sur­vivor Kath Twigg will accom­pa­ny this extend­ed episode of Air­ing Pain. You can read all the arti­cles relat­ed to this pro­gramme in this issue of Pain Press, our free online supplement.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Abuse, chron­ic fatigue syn­drome, covid-19, domes­tic vio­lence, fibromyal­gia, ner­vous sys­tem, peer sup­port, psy­cho­log­i­cal pain, PTSD, social iso­la­tion, stress and wom­en’s pain.


  • Kath Twigg, Senior Lec­tur­er in social work, train­er, men­tor, writer, and domes­tic abuse survivor
  • Dr Lene For­rester, Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gist at Albyn Hos­pi­tal, Aberdeen
  • Dr Joht Singh Chan­dan, Aca­d­e­m­ic Clin­i­cal Lec­tur­er at the Mur­ray Learn­ing Cen­tre, Uni­ver­si­ty of Birmingham
  • Dr Kate Gillan, Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gist for NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde
  • Prof Car­o­line Brad­bury-Jones, Head of Gen­der-Based Vio­lence and Health at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Birmingham.

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