As countries around the world try to slow the spread of COVID-19 with lockdowns, quarantines and stay-at-home orders, forcing most people into prolonged home confinement, those with abusive partners and family members face a greater danger of domestic abuse.
The United Nations secretary-general warned that “we have seen a horrifying global surge in domestic violence”, and urged world leaders to include protective measures in their pandemic plans.
“Violence is not confined to the battlefield. For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest: in their own homes. I urge all governments to make the prevention and redress of violence against women a key part of their national response plans for COVID-19”, – Antonio Guterres said in a video.