London — Six months of lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 could lead to 31 million additional cases of domestic violence globally, the United Nations warned Tuesday. “It is a growing crisis within the crisis. We need to pay maximum attention to this now,” Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, deputy director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, told CBS News.In a paper using data from Johns Hopkins University, Avenir Health, and Victoria University in Australia, the UNFPA predicted that if strict lockdowns continue for a year, there will be an additional 61 million cases of domestic abuse above what would have already been expected to occur. “It’s truly disturbing. And if we don’t do anything about it — if we don’t talk about it, if we don’t ring the alarm bell — every three months there will be an additional 15 million cases,” Alakbarov said.”Devastating consequences”Governments and activists around the world have been responding to spikes in domestic violence as stay-at-home measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 force victims and survivors to self-isolate with their abusers.In Britain, London’s Metropolitan Police said it had carried out over 4,000 domestic abuse arrests in the

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