Fears of domestic violence rise amid lockdownsWith families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violenceBERLIN: With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violence. From Berlin to Paris, Madrid, Rome and Bratislava, associations that help victims of domestic violence have sounded the alarm after Europe overtook China to become the epicentre of the pandemic. But the stress caused by social isolation is exacerbating tensions and increasing "the risk of domestic and sexual violence against women and children", the association warns. For children, young people and women who are victims of domestic violence -- mental or physical -- the current situation means "being constantly available" for abuse by the perpetrator, the German federation stresses. If it goes on for several months, "I can't imagine how much more domestic violence could increase," she warns.
Source: Bangkok Post March 28, 2020 03:00 UTC