WHO Reports Aggravation of Domestic Violence in Europe
Emergency services in Europe have recorded a significant increase in the number of women complaining about domestic violence during the self-isolation regime introduced to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the WHO said.
“Countries report a 60% increase in April compared to the previous year for women who have experienced domestic violence from their partners,” said Dr. Hans Kluge, Head of the WHO European unit.
The organization’s expert Isabelle Jordi said that data on the growth of such appeals come from almost all countries of the continent.
Meanwhile, according to estimates by the United Nations Population Fund, another 30 million cases of domestic violence will occur in the world if the restrictive measures introduced due to the coronavirus are extended for another six months.
Many European countries have been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. In total, about 1.5 million cases of infection were recorded in Europe, almost 150 thousand people died.
Restrictive measures have been introduced in countries to control the spread of coronavirus, in particular prohibiting people from leaving home without urgent need. A number of countries have now begun mitigating these measures.
In late April, it was reported that France recorded an increase in the number of calls to the hotline on domestic violence. As the French media then reported with reference to Head of the emergency service, the number of such complaints has increased by 35%since the introduction of the self-isolation regime due to the coronavirus.