Against Domestic Abuse: worldwide increase in domestic abuse as a "shadow pandemic" alongside Covid-19

Against Domestic Abuse: worldwide increase in domestic abuse as a "shadow pandemic" alongside Covid-19

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We work and strive everyday to bring awareness across the UK on a wide range of domestic abuse issues and will direct your donation to where it is most needed. We do this by making donations across various charities who support victims of abuse 

We ensure that there are accredited and try our best to find specialist, independent and confidential services available for women and children who have experienced any form of domestic abuse at any time in their lives.

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The UN has described the worldwide increase in domestic abuse as a "shadow pandemic" alongside Covid-19.

It’s thought cases have increased by 20% during the lockdown, as many people are trapped at home with their abuser

Do you want to join the fight against domestic abuse in your community? Now is your chance to take action!

Domestic abuse through the race lens

− Domestic abuse affects women from all ethnic groups, and there is no evidence to suggest that women from some ethnic or cultural communities are any more at risk than others. However, the form the abuse takes may vary; in some communities, for example, domestic abuse may be perpetrated by extended family members, or it may include forced marriage, or female genital mutilation (FGM).

− Whatever their experiences, women from Black, Asian or minority ethnic communities are likely to face additional barriers to receiving the help that they need.

− Women who identified with mixed / multiple ethnicities were more likely to have experienced partner abuse in the last 12 months (10.1%) than any other ethnic group.

   Eliminating violence against women and girls is one of the targets under the Sustainable

 Development Goals. Findings show that some groups of women are more likely to experience

 partner abuse than others.

  Home working, social distancing and self-isolation

Recent measures announced by the government to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) have seen people’s

day-to-day lives drastically altered. Home working, social distancing and self-isolation can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is a crime and unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stress you are under.

   Domestic abuse often involves the perpetrator isolating the victim from family and friends. Feelings of isolation can only increase with home working, social distancing and self-isolation.

All employers should remind employees to stay in touch and understand that the mental health effects of domestic abuse can be exacerbated.

Furloughed workers may come under significant financial pressure, including financial abuse. Emotional support to needs to be provided to the workforce.

The most vulnerable need to be safeguarded and supported now more than ever.

Domestic abuse increases in UK

Fears are growing in the UK that the stay-at-home coronavirus guidelines may leave domestic abuse victims feeling especially isolated, very vulnerable and exposed. Home is not always the safe haven that it should be.

The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since

the 23 March 2020 lockdown, and visits to the National Domestic Abuse helpline website for information were 150% higher than during the last week in February 2020. More than 25 organisations helping domestic violence victims have reported an increase in their caseload since the start of the UK’s coronavirus epidemic.

An audit of 119 organisations by the domestic abuse charity SafeLives found, however, that even as pressure on frontline services increased, most were being forced to reduce vital services. The groups were surveyed during the last week of March 2020, with 26 of them able to confirm increased caseloads owing to Covid-19. Three-quarters said they had had to reduce service delivery to victims.

A separate study highlights the plight of domestic-violence survivors. SafeLives interviewed 66 survivors, and women were asked to score themselves from zero to ten, with ten denoting “safe”. More than half offered a score of five or less, with three saying they felt “not safe at all”.

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