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The lockdown imposed on India by the Prime Minister has triggered a lot of concerns. Concerns revolve around the food source for unemployed sector and domestic violence.

Fears of rise in domestic violence due to Lockdown amid Coronavirus outbreak

Social isolation causes stress. It is exacerbating tensions and increases the risk of domestic violence and sexual violence against women and children.

With families all across Europe confined to their homes as a measure to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, fears are imminent about a surge in domestic violence.

Associations that help concerning domestic violence have sounded alarms after Europe become the epicenter of the pandemic. Europe overtook China.

The German federal association of women’s counselling centres and helplines (BFF), says,” For many people, their home is already not a safe place.”

The stress caused due to social isolation is a rising concern.

Topping the stress, fears regarding job security and financial difficulties also contribute towards it. “It’s putting a lot of pressure on households,” says Florence Claudepierre, head of the FCPE parents’ federation. The federation is in Upper Rhine. It is a region hit hard by the pandemic in France.

She also said that families who have never have had problems are also breaking. Parents who can’t carry on or are cracking is frequent.

In China, the women’s rights organisation in Weiping has reported a threefold increase in reports of violence against women.

In Spain, a 35 year old mother of two was murdered by her partner last week. Spain has the second worst outbreak in Europe.

In other places, health centers have noticed a drop. A drop is also not a good sign.

The German federation has said so. They said that isolation means women and children being available constantly for abuse by the abuser.

Decisions about schools, sport clubs and youth centers are important towards subduing the virus. But abuse can not been seen or heard now. Violence has also been confined.

Hence, the concerns.

The governments are pouring billions into their economies and health services. However, the importance of equality and human rights should not be lost.

Associations about domestic violence are facing a double edged sword. Many social workers are working from home, unable to reach out to the victims. On the other hand, when people need to be brought to be safety, there are few places for refuge.

Canan Gullu, from Turkey’s federation of women’s organisations says,” Women have called us and told us they are experiencing violence at home. They are asking: Where can I go?”

In Germany, the families minister has called on municipalities to organise alternative reception facilities if necessary.

The neighboring Austria provides guaranteed places in women’s refuges or the removal of violent family members from quarantined households.

In Italy, which is on lockdown, the victims are exempt from some of the rules. One such as the requirement to carry a document justifying why they are leaving their home. It is if they need to visit a refuge centre.

Adriana Havasova, a psychologist from Bratislava says, “The current situation is unprecedented.” She hopes confinement gets limited to two or three weeks. If the confinement is extended to months, she says she cannot imagine what will happen to the rates.

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