Gender & COVID-19: Violence against women and girls

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COVID-19 has had harrowing impacts for women and girls experiencing violence across the globe. Domestic and family violence is an indirect impact of COVID-19.


Family violence reports data information inside the outline of Australia map with the state of Victoria coloured in pink

Global pandemics and states of emergency can lead to increased stress and financial insecurity among households, and these are both risk factors that can contribute to increased violence.

Furthermore, with social distancing, isolation and lockdown rules in place, women and their children experiencing violence may not feel safe or able to access support services in ways they may have previously. Alongside an increase in violence against women and girls, there has also been an increase in new forms of violence and in the complexity of the violence, including new forms of cyber violence.

It’s vital that response strategies and public efforts address the impact of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls globally. Response and support services for women and girls experiencing violence must be strengthened and women must be at the centre of decision-making and leaders in response strategies. Local and grassroots women’s organisations must be supported and involved at every step of the way. For more information and recommended actions, access the UN Brief here.

Infographic of how COVID-19 has impacted VAWG: On the top, a big outline map of Australia highlighting Victoria and NSW states in different shades of blue. In the middle, an outline map of China with Hubei highlighted in blue, an outline of Brazil all coloured with blue, a map of Spain highlighting the Catalan state in blue and the ouline of Cyprus coloured in pink. At the bottom, a map outline of Italy in light blue.