Violence against women and girls increases in times of crisis. In light of the global pandemic, women have been placed at an increased risk of infection as they make up up-to 70% of the global health workforce.
According to the United Nations Population Fund, every three months of lockdown could result in 15 million more cases of domestic violence than would typically be expected.
Violence against women during COVID-19
Every country is affected by violence against women, and the cycle of violence and abuse against women and girls is heightened by security, health and money concerns brought about by lockdown measures. In South Africa that number is reported to have dropped, according to police reports. Although reliable data is useful, the priority is to ensuring survivors have access to high-quality support and services.
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