Corona is like a death word for many of us. And yes it has proved to the world. Moving through this pandemic, I want to question you that do we have only “one corona”? Mean to say we are now having many “coronas” because of this one coronavirus. I was thinking a couple of days before that what about the women or children during this lockdown when the only “shelter” they have is their so-called “home”. I mean for the people who used to stay out of their homes to earn living or the children who used to go to school and have some relief from domestic abuse or domestic violence. What they are facing right now? Domestic Violence during COVID-19 Quarantine?
What does France say?
The same I heard on a news channel then, and I said to myself that yes this is the point to be addressed as well. It was said that the French Government to house domestic abuse dupes in hotels as many cases escalate during Coronavirus Lockdown.
Around the world, there has been a concern that there is an increase in the number of domestic violence cases. The reason is that governments have located their citizens under lockdown in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19. It has infected almost 803,313 and killed almost 38,743 people (According to March 31, 2020).
The lockdown is now in place until April 15, 2020. So, there is a high probability that it will be extended. It will further endanger the wellbeing of sufferers of domestic violence. If we see the cases in detail country wise, then we have many to discuss. Few are here:-
The UK – Domestic Violence during COVID-19 Quarantine
Over the past few days, calls to the national abuse hotline went up by 65% in the UK. Further, the UN has notified that poorer countries’ women and smaller homes are probable to have fewer ways to report domestic violence during COVID-19 quarantine.
India – Domestic Violence during COVID-19 Quarantine
We have an example from India where one woman is abused by her drunk husband. His husband is a rickshaw driver and his income is now dropped during this pandemic. He yells at his children over minor issues as they spend their time at home due to their school holidays.
The US – Domestic Violence during COVID-19 Quarantine
Another example is from the US, where one mother had lost her job during this outbreak. She was already a mental patient. Her issues had enforced her to send her daughter to her physically and sexually abusive Father which means her woman’s husband.
Nazir Afzal (domestic abuse advisor for the Welsh Government) said that. “There has been a 20% increase in domestic abuse in Northern Ireland, a 32% increase in Paris and a 40% increase in New South Wales.
Domestic Abuse in COVID-19 in Pakistan
Mental health professionals who provide online therapy sessions say that they have seen an increase in the cases of domestic mistreatment in the rouse of the COVID-19 lockdown in Pakistan, (Report published by The News).
What do counselors say?
CEO of ReliveNow (online therapy and counseling platform) tells “the News” that their clients mostly are now leaving the online sessions incomplete because they may fear that somebody at home will see them talking to RelieveNow counselors, as every member is at home now these days.
Growth in domestic ferocity has been reported in a lot of countries. The reason was the pandemic thrashing the economy and sending people into quarantine. According to Amina, (CEO of ReliveNow) domestic abuse has already been an evocative problem in Pakistan; further cases are surfacing in this depression and anxiety for all.
What should we do?
The government should make some strategy and pay attention to this issue, hot during these COVID-19 quarantine days. Since the problem is not a minute. Moreover, on an individual level, all we can do is minimize the stress within our houses and the surrounding. Help people financially and morally. We should not circulate the news that is unauthentic. We should avoid anything that creates stress and hype in people.
Our help to the domestic violence victims?
People help each other for food during this time. Similarly, track poor souls who are the victims of violence. Call authorities or report for them. Make use of social media to help them. One bold step can save many lives. In addition, for yourself at least in your home, make yourself busy and happy. Further, try to adapt to a new life pattern during this time. The time shall pass and the sun would rise again and your day will come. Just stay safe and play your part. Good luck!!