The prevalence of family violence incidents experienced an exponential rise during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The pandemic ushered in a new threat to life which was complicated by the restriction on mobility. Given the stay-at-home order enacted by different States, victims of family violence were compelled to face their abusers with no escape route, particularly intimate partners. This work is an exploratory study that analyzed the trends of family violence cases in selected Texas counties pre covid-19 and during covid-19. The data revealed an increase in family violence incidents from 12 out of the 15 counties studied. This work offers practical strategies to help advance the response of criminal justice personnel to family violence cases.

Author Biography

Edidiong Mendie is a Lecturer/Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, Sacramento, and Texas Southern University. She holds a Ph.D. in Administration of Justice, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, Barrister at Law, and Bachelor of Laws degrees. She is a Nigerian attorney with versatile experience in international and domestic contracts in the energy industry. Her research interests include green criminology, environmental justice, terrorism, racial and social justice. Abiodun Raufu is an Assistant Professor of criminal justice at the Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He obtained his Ph.D. from Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas. His works have appeared in Criminal Justice and Behavior, The Journal of Black Studies, Theory in Action, and The Journal of Education and Social Policy, The Encyclopedia of Crime, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections, The Routledge Handbook of Africana Criminologies, among others. Emmanuel Ben-Edet is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Administration of Justice, Texas Southern University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas. His academic set also consists of a Bachelor of Political Science/Public Administration, Master of Political Science, Master of Public Administration, Master of Social Work, and certification in mediation (University of Houston). He is a resourceful criminal justice advocate with a strong passion for supporting diverse populations. He specializes in wealth management & mediation with a research interest in research methods, race, and crime, policing, corrections, cybercrime mapping, restorative and community justice, youth violence, juvenile justice, and terrorism (Homegrown violent extremism). His work experience background includes banking, public service with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He is involved in several scholastic publications. Oludayo Famakin-Johnson is a doctoral candidate in the Administration of Justice Department at the Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas. A Nigerian Trained Attorney with a vast experience and expertise in Arbitration and litigation. He obtained his Bachelors of Law (LL.B) and Masters in Law (LL.M) from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. A member of different academic and professional bodies who has attended different conferences, seminars, workshops, roundtable discussions and colloquiums both locally and internationally. His research interests include but, not limited to corrections, policing, prisoner reentry, immigration, parole and probation, juvenile justice, race & crime, media & crime, terrorism, public policy analysis, law and morality, terrorism, comparative criminal justice, racial and social justice.