Reports of a “perfect storm” are brewing for millions of children and women around the world, staying indoors. COVID-19 has unleashed a wave of international concern for increasing violence inside the home. Across the globe countries are expanding helplines and online support platforms as media reporting on family violence worldwide rises. The UN secretary general has called for an urgent domestic violence “ceasefire” and 146 (updated) governments have signed a pledge re-affirming their support to survivorswithin the COVID-19 response. This is not new but the pandemic has unveiled what has been hidden in plain sight – the high levels of violence that children and women experience in the very place of refuge from this Coronavirus – the home.
UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti will host the second webinar (or webcast) series of “Leading Minds Online What the Experts Say- Coronavirus and Children: Violence in the Home” on Thursday 21 May at 15:00 CET|09:00 EST. We will look at why some of the measures taken to contain the Coronavirus could be magnifying the risk factors for violence against children and women; What can be done to prevent violence against children and women and support survivors now and post-COVID 19?