Why staying home is not always staying safe for women during COVID-19
We don’t allow women to go outside because it’s not safe for them but actually women are not safe inside in their home only. We restrict their moves in the night or at some places in the day also for their safety but in the actual scenario, safety starts from inside. Have you noticed? No rape cases are registered in the lockdown period but more domestic violence is happening in the world
According to statistics released by the United Nations, reports of domestic violence in France increased 30% following the country’s lockdown on March 17; during the first two weeks of lockdowns in Spain, the emergency number for domestic violence received 18% more calls; and helplines in Singapore have received 30% more calls. As NBC News reported, law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have seen domestic violence cases rise up to 35% in recent weeks.
Keep in mind that before the pandemic hit, one in five women who had ever been in a couple reported experiencing sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner in the last year. Consider, too, that 50 percent of domestic abuse cases go unreported.
In Spain, services for women facing gender-based violence are designated as essential, so their continued operation is guaranteed by the government.
In the first two weeks of the state of alert, its 016 helplines received 18% more calls than in the same period the previous month.
And, as in France, there are many silent requests for help. Email contact is up 286% over the same period and a new psychological support messaging service via WhatsApp received 168 enquiries in its first nine days.
National Commission of Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma had recently said that domestic violence complaints were increasing by the day since the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25, with 69 complaints received just through email.
Calculated based on data from the NCW website