Increase in Domestic Violence during Pandemic

Editorials News | Nov-21-2021

Increase in Domestic Violence during Pandemic

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has been a social “un-equalizer,” besides being a global health threat. Gender inequality has been globally prominent during the outbreak and the consequent lockdown. Although domestic abuse and intimate partner violence have increased due to chronic entrapment, overcrowding in families, enhanced substance use, distorted relationship dynamics, travel restrictions, and reduced healthcare access, coercive sexual practices have also been on the rise. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been a worldwide medical issue. Beyond just the purview of public health, it has affected the daily lives of billions, either isolating them in detachment or abandoning them with their families for significant stretches more than ever. The negative social outcomes are steadily getting evident, as “human conduct” can change uniquely under emergency and “inside shut dividers.”

One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence mostly by an intimate partner. Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, have intensified. With personal movement limited and people confined to their homes, advocates expressed concern about a potential increase in intimate partner violence (IPV). Stay-at-home orders, intended to protect the public and prevent widespread infection, left many IPV victims trapped with their abusers. Domestic-violence hotlines prepared for an increase in demand for services as states enforced these mandates, but many organizations experienced the opposite.

By : Anirudh Sharma
Government Senior Secondary School Bopara
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