Domestic Violence Rises Worldwide as the Coronavirus Rages

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This post originally appeared on PassBlue, which provides independent coverage of the UN. It has been republished with permission.

Reports of domestic violence are rising as COVID-19 races across the planet and people are ordered to stay home. But as UN Secretary-General Guterres said on April 5: “For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest. In their homes.” Pictured: Like many countries, Spain, above, is in lockdown mode. (John Penney)

For many women worldwide, the fear and suffering caused by the catastrophic viral pandemic is made even more unbearable and frightening by gender violence, as orders to “stay at home” heighten domestic tensions. Reports are accumulating from virtually every global region, according to independent advocacy groups and United Nations agencies.

“Over the past weeks as economic and social pressures and…

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