Aid group sees huge drop in domestic abuse reports, and it’s worried
London — There has been a dramatic drop in reported cases of gender-based violence in some crisis- and conflict-torn countries, according to new data from the humanitarian aid organization the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The decline comes as service closures and lockdown measures to stop the spread of themake it more difficult for women to access help. The most prevalent form of gender-based violence reported to the IRC is domestic abuse, the rate of which is expected to rise as stay-at-home measures continue.
The IRC runs humanitarian services in dozens of countries, and has so far analyzed client data from seven, Sarah Mosely, the organization’s senior technical advisor on women’s protection and empowerment, told CBS News. In Tanzania, it received 30% fewer reports of gender-based violence since roughly when the country’s measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus began. In Bangladesh, it …continued .
[Source: CBS News]