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A domestic violence pandemic during COVID-19

Domestic Violence

As the pandemic lockdown confined us to our homes, women, children, and LGBTQ+ individuals were sent into another hell of their own.

As the cases of COVID-19 rise, so does the number of domestic violence cases. While in some cases, mothers successfully protect their children, they become brutally vulnerable to their partner’s rage.

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres notes, “For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest.

In their own homes… We know lockdowns and quarantines are essential to suppressing COVID-19. But they can trap women with abusive partners.”

 

Roots of domestic violence

More often than inexcusable anger, this surge in domestic violence rises from growing unemployment, sick people in homes, monotonous and suffocated life in lockdown.

In Inability to leave their home, victims of domestic violence are mentally breaking down. Socially disconnected regions of countries, like in Africa, India, Pakistan, and Palestine, some women don’t even qualify for legal justice against such crimes.

Crime Victim Centre, a non-profit organisation of Saint Louis University, records that 90% of cases they are receiving during the pandemic are related to domestic violence.

The organisation provides free counselling, legal services, shelter homes, and such ardently needed help.

 

Finding help during the crisis

In one of their radio shows, St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske discusses the impact of the NGO’s effect on a victim’s life.

Alexis, a survivor of domestic violence and a resident of St. Louis, says the help from Crime Victim Centre is exactly what she needed during the most painful time of her life.

She and her newborn boy were rescued safely from the clutches of Intimate Partner Violence (IVP), or domestic abuse, five years ago.

She says, “You can go to a food shelter and get food; you can go to a women’s shelter — those are options out there for everybody. But the legal help … is what we needed.”

 

We must join hands to end this atrocity against women, children, and minorities. Every life is precious. Help as much as you can and join others who rally for the same cause.

 

If you, or, anyone you know needs help or is suffering from domestic abuse, contact the numbers below:

 

1091/ 1291, (011) 23317004 – Central Social Welfare Board -Police Helpline

(011) 26238466/ 26224042, 26227647 – RAHI Recovering and Healing from Incest. A support centre for women survivors of child sexual abuse

+917217735372 – WhatsApp number introduced by National Commission for Women (NCW)

1091 – Women Helpline (All India)- Women In Distress

181 – Women Helpline Domestic Abuse

 

Dibyasha Das