COVID-19: urgency for distancing from domestic violence

Peer 1

COVID-19: urgency for distancing from domestic violence (Links to an external site.)

The authors gave brief information about the report to present the central idea of the report in the abstract session. Data with numbers presented in the first session indicated an increase in domestic violence reports during COVID-19 confinement is exacerbating the problem. However, there is no table, graph, or statistic is given in the report to make it easier to understand to the audience, instead, the authors simply refer to data in the text that’s being shown in other reports. Within the report, the authors kept using words like amplified or amplifying to promote the idea of COVID-19 confinement is the only reason for the increase in the domestic violence report without stating other possible factors. Additionally, the report only describes the issue is affecting women and children but neglects the fact that men are also the victims in some domestic violence cases. 

Peer 2

https://www.spur.org/sites/default/files/publications_pdfs/SPUR_Freedom_to_Move.pdf (Links to an external site.)

The biases of this report are clear from the images and charts used to present their data. The first few pages contain a description of the problem: a picture showing traffic on a freeway and a chart highlighting Santa Clara County’s reliance on the automobile paint a clear slant that heavy car use is a problem in this region. The next few pages show pictures of people biking, walking, and boarding transit to present the writer’s belief that this problem can be fixed with more diversity of transportation modes. Thus, when the reader begins reading the small text, they are already primed to agree that auto-centrism is an issue in Santa Clara County that can be solved by the recommendations that SPUR presents.