A spike in domestic violence caused by the COVID-19 lockdown is sending shockwaves around the globe—and driving victims in some countries to live television chat shows and social media for help, a satellite broadcaster revealed today.
Middle East satellite broadcaster SAT-7 (sat7usa.org) says interest in its live programs tackling domestic violence has skyrocketed since people have been told to stay home, and viewers’ cries for help on social media “never stop.”
The lockdown mantra “Stay Home, Stay Safe” doesn’t ring true for millions of unseen victims of this silent crisis behind closed doors.
In the Gaza Strip, one agency reported a 30% increase in violence against women and children since the lockdown began. In Lebanon, a domestic violence helpline set up by the Internal Security Forces has seen calls double. And in Iran and Turkey, “many women dare not speak out” for fear of being beaten, according to a report by news organization Al-Monitor.
Since stay-at-home orders began, crisis support groups around the world have reported an alarming increase in the number of women and children being abused at home, with U.N. chief Antonio Guterres calling it a “horrifying global surge.”
In the U.S., calls and texts to a domestic violence hotline in Chicago have soared since April, reported The New York Times, and that could be just the tip of the problem. It’s feared many more women and children across America are unable to call for help because they’re literally “locked inside” with their abuser always with them.
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SOURCE: Charisma News, Sat-7