Rising domestic abuse in print and electronic media has been reported to be linked in many countries to the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic and subsequent lockdown. In addition to incidents reported in the media and other organizations, a spike in cases of domestic abuse has been reported worldwide, in particular in China, the U.K, the USA, France, Brazil, and Australia, following the outbreak of COVID-19.
In the previous 12 months, 243 million women and girls aged 15-49 years were exposed worldwide to sexual and/or physical abuse committed by an intimate partner. As a defense, health, and money issues and strains are accentuated by crowded and restricted living conditions, the number is expected to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prospect of another public health problem, domestic violence, is becoming evident with more nations under lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Magnus & Stasio, 2020; Simonovic, 2020). In order to aid the victims of such abuse, countries have responded by starting online assistance, web therapy, WhatsApp helpline, telephone counseling facilities, etc.
It tends to be a prompt and effective safety measure that can lead to detrimental effects in health and mental health, including a greater risk of anxiety, fatigue, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and unsafe sexual activity such as sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, unplanned pregnancies and drug use habits.