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Table 1 Comparison of ED admissions for sexual assault and domestic violence between March 4 and May 5 (n = 62 days) in 2018 (pre-COVID-19 period) and 2020 (COVID-19 period)

From: COVID-19 pandemic and violence: rising risks and decreasing urgent care-seeking for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors

  2018 2020 Absolute difference Percent relative reduction (%)
ED admissions
 Total ED admissions 30,371 20,370 10,001 32.93
 Mean weekly ED admissions 3374.56 2263.33 1111.22 32.93
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program patients
 Total patients 77 34 43 55.84
 Mean weekly patients 8.55 3.89 4.66 54.50
 Case rate per 10,000 ED admissions 25.35 17.18 8.17 32.23
Sexual assault cases1
 Total cases 46 20 26 56.52
 Mean weekly cases 5.11 2.22 2.89 56.56
 Case rate per 10,000 ED admissions 15.15 9.82 5.33 35.18
Physical assault cases
 Total cases 33 17 16 48.48
 Mean weekly cases 3.67 1.88 1.79 48.77
 Case rate per 10,000 ED admissions 10.87 8.35 2.52 23.18
  1. 1The total sexual assault and physical assault do not sum to 100% as patients can experience both sexual and physical assaults