UN agencies warn of DV increase due to restrictions on going out New coronavirus 9:34 on April 7
As the spread of the new coronavirus has led to restrictions on refugees and increased spending time at home, UN agencies have warned that there will be an increase in domestic violence, and warned governments. I am looking for a response.
UN Women, a UN agency aiming to improve the status of women, says that the spread of the new coronavirus has led to restrictions on going out in various countries and increased time spent at home, increasing the risk of women receiving DV. Is pointed out.
According to UN Women, there has been a tendency for violence against women to increase when human movements are restricted due to the spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola and Zika fever.
She said that staying in a house with a violent partner in the house was extremely dangerous for women, and that governments had to ensure that governments have a hotline and services for DV victims, and that police have not been able to do so. Wants to respond quickly to complaints from victims.
At a conference held on Wednesday, WHO Secretary General of the World Health Organization, Tedros, pointed out that in some countries, DV was on the rise as new coronavirus infections spread, saying, "More stress than usual. This raises the risk that people will be exposed to violence, including increased anxiety about the economy and unemployment.It has called on nations to respond to DV victims as essential support. "
Increasing DV damage Reported in European countries
Increases in DV damage have been reported in European countries and measures have begun.
In the UK, BBC reported that the number of calls to the DV over the weekend has increased by 65% since the start of the curfew last month in England and western Wales.
In France, the number of spousal violence reported to police increased by 36% in one week in Paris and the three surrounding provinces, and the government has said that going out is a factor.
For this reason, shelters for victims are operating as usual in France, and the city of Paris has decided to add more shelters in the city.
With concerns that the effects of restrictions on going out are making it more difficult to see the damage, the French government has used emergency contact points for police and emergency services for people with hearing impairments to help DV victims work 24 hours a day. You can now receive reports via short messages.
It will also work with pharmacist organizations to launch a mechanism at pharmacies nationwide to notify victims when they come to buy medicine.
Efforts to cooperate with organizations and companies are also seen in the UK, and some companies have called on postal service providers, courier companies, nursing care providers, etc. to call the police if there is any sign of violence in industries visiting homes. Started in the region.
In Canada and the United States
In North America, the government announced in Canada on Tuesday that it will provide C $ 40 million and over ¥ 3 billion in Japanese yen to build shelters and other facilities for DV victims.
In a news conference, Prime Minister Trudeau said, `` Do not let anyone choose to stay in an endangered place to avoid the risk of virus transmission, '' helping vulnerable people Showed the idea of strengthening.
On the other hand, in the U.S., many states, including the capital, Washington, have to wait at home, and shelters where DV victims are evacuated have limited access to prevent the spread of infection. It is an issue.
In Midwestern Illinois, home to Chicago, the third-largest metropolis in the U.S., it has announced that it will spend $ 1.2 million and more than $ 130 million in Japanese yen to help DV victims. Measures have been taken to protect the victim.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline, an NPO operating throughout the United States, accepts consultations 24 hours a day, not only by telephone, but also by chat and short messages, so that victims can easily consult. Katie Ray Jones said, `` Restrictions on going out mean that violent people are always at home, making it difficult for many victims to seek help outside. '' It sounds a warning bell that it may go.
South Africa Over 80,000 DV damages filed in one week
South African police have heightened the sense of danger that sexual violence has become more widespread, revealing that more than 80,000 DV claims have been filed since the outbreak of new coronavirus measures began.
In South Africa, restrictions on outings began throughout the country from 27th of last month, but police reported that more than 87,000 DV damages were filed in the first week alone.
In some cases, a police officer was arrested for raping his wife. In South Africa, one of the world's most crime-prone countries, sexual violence has been a serious problem in addition to violent crimes such as murder, with violence against women and murder occurring every three hours. There is also a statistic that has occurred in.
Under these circumstances, restrictions on going out lengthen the time that victims spend at home with the assailant, and police have heightened the sense of crisis that sexual violence has become more widespread.