Corona Effect: Domestic Violence Cases Rise Amidst Pandemic

While thousands continue to die, the glimmer of hope is that thousands are also recovering from the deadly corona virus pandemic. However, government enforced lock downs are fueling another crisis. The number of domestic violence cases has increased.
While thousands continue to die, the glimmer of hope is that thousands are also recovering from the deadly corona virus pandemic. However, government enforced lock downs are fueling another crisis. The number of domestic violence cases has increased.

Most victims usually get reprieve when their abusers leave home for work. The reality of curfews and lock downs makes this impossible.

This has increased the risk on vulnerable groups, most of whom are women and children.
Reports from Italy to Germany, Brazil to China paint a worrying trend in which abuse cases soared.

The Guardian reports:

In Hubei province, the heart of the initial coronavirus outbreak, domestic violence reports to police more than tripled in one county alone during the lockdown in February, from 47 last year to 162 this year, activists told local media.
“The epidemic has had a huge impact on domestic violence,” Wan Fei, a retired police officer who founded a charity campaigning against abuse, told Sixth Tone website. “According to our statistics, 90% of the causes of violence [in this period] are related to the Covid-19 epidemic.”

Activists report that the number of calls to domestic abuse hotlines has increased. This is an alarming development that will hurt some individuals more than it will help.



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