The global pandemic, Coronavirus, had thrown much impact on society. Illness, death, confinement, joblessness, economic and financial crisis, and last but not least is the violence against women and children.
Violence against women and children prevails as a major concern and a matter of threat during this situation of emergency. Intimate partner violence where the women are in an abusive relationship, children being exposed to their parents’ unhealthy relationship, working women being stuck at home with household pressures, children are to stay isolated from school and play, causing psychological misbalances’, the financial crisis of the family leading to a stressful situation are some of the issues concerning the violence.
But with the cases of violence moving towards a higher point day by day, the Government has taken various steps to curb the violence, and it includes:
·Sharing of information and availability of helplines– Helplines are made available and expanded to a wide range. Women who are experiencing violence can easily, through these helplines can reach out to their family or friends for help and support. Information and guidelines are spread all over the country through the internet or social media platforms to guide families of how they should go through during this critical situation, how they impose proper parenting on their children etc.
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Providing safe shelters for survivors- The Government throughout the country had known the importance of arranging a safe shelter to those who escape from the violence’s because it is often seen that escape from violence leads the victim to some other. Some countries also made it a rule that the abuser should leave the home and not the victim.
·Expanded access to services for victims- The lockdown has made people confined to their houses and therefore, the government of some countries has decided to expand the services for the victims, such as ‘pop up’ centers in grocery stores, victims can use ‘code words’ in pharmacies to reach the authorities, etc.
.Curbing the risk factors associated with violence- Banning of sales of alcohol, limited sales of fatal weapons, etc are some of the measures taken by the government to reduce violence against women and children at home. Some smart like these can lessen the risk of violence and promote ways to let go of stress.
·Modifications in family law and justice systems- The Government of several countries have made modifications in family law so that the victims can get a better response from the judicial house. Imposing electronic monitoring for bail, suspension of imprisonment orders, an increase in fine are some of them.
“For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest. In their homes”, said the UN Secretary-General. The above actions are quite appreciable, though we find that the Government of many countries is yet to go ahead with their actions concerning the abuses, and only then violence will be curbed throughout the globe.