DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20203477

Shadow pandemic: domestic violence and child abuse during the covid-19 lockdown in India

Prabhadevi Ravichandran, Anuradha Kunal Shah, Prabhu Ravichandran

Abstract


For many women and children around the world, staying at home is no longer a safety aspect during the Covid-19 pandemic. There is a surge in the number of cases of inter-personal violence and child abuse during the lockdown. The stigma and socio-cultural norms create hesitance in subjecting the family and its intimate relationships to public scrutiny. Therefore, building awareness around domestic violence is vital.


Keywords


Child abuse, Covid-19, Domestic violence, Stigma

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