Guard against domestic violence as lockdown increases family tensions

Being home with abusive partners more time means more trouble. So it’s a simple guess. So, we need to take an extra-effort to make homes less troublesome and care the partner.

Women are always at the receiving end, whether pandemic or picnic. With the world under lockdown, homemakers must be the hard-hit with extra workloads. It is not just that, they must be subjected to increased home violence too, if the studies on earlier pandemic and crisis times are any indication.

Though no elaborate studies were done yet, reports suggest a spike in the case. One report said, there could be 15 million more cases of domestic violence this year as the result of pandemic restrictions.

The UNFPA and its partners Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University in the US and Victoria University in Australia have suggested 20% increase in violence during an average three-month lockdown in all 193 UN member states.

Spain has reported the killing of three women in connection with domestic violence. In the first two weeks of April alone there was a 47% increase in calls to Spain’s domestic violence helpline over the same period last year.

According to studies, the previous pandemics had increased the domestic violence. The 2014–2016 Ebola crisis in West Africa, for instance, led to increased violence against women because “Reports of violence were deprioritized, uncounted, and unrecognized.” School closures and quarantine further amplified abuse and exploitation of women and girls.


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