The unexceptional im/mobilities of gender-based violence in the Covid 19 pandemic

Lesley Murray, Amanda Holt, Sian Lewis, Jess Moriarty

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The Covid-19 pandemic has spotlighted the relationship between mobilities and gender-based violence (GBV). The national lockdowns across the world have im/mobilised people, creating extraordinary social proximities that have been associated with a ‘shadow pandemic’ of violence. Before the pandemic, GBV was often im/mobilised in academic and policy thinking in that it was located in unconnected static sites. This article is based on a transdisciplinary project that seeks to produce understandings of GBV in the Covid-19 pandemic, using the heuristic lens of im/mobilities. The project aims to do so through the creation and analysis of personal stories detailing experiences of GBV across the UK. These stories are in the form of existing first-hand accounts on campaign websites, magazines and newspapers. Through them this article investigates how im/mobilities precipitate gendered violence, both felt and experienced, and examines how embodied experiences become situated in mobile spaces—inside, outside and online—in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. In doing so, it evolves the concept of im/mobilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-565
Number of pages14
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2022


  • Covid-19
  • Im/mobilities
  • gender-based violence
  • lockdown
  • narrative analysis
  • story


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