Measures to control the spread of coronavirus are a nightmare for victims of domestic violence. Advocates are demanding that governments step up.
In Greenland, the capital banned the sale of alcohol following a surge in reports of violence in homes. In Tunisia, in the first five days after people were ordered to stay in, calls to a hotline for women suffering abuse increased fivefold. In France, the government set up centers in grocery stores with secret passwords where victims can seek help in one of the few places they still are allowed to visit. In Brazil, where the federal government hasn’t issued stay-in orders, a state-run drop-in center has seen a 40 to 50 percent rise in demand.As the coronavirus continues to creep across the globe and governments respond with social control measures, victims of domestic violence, most often women, face a double threat: a deadly virus outside and an abuser at home.No way outAs with the pandemic itself, many governments have struggled to respond to the spike in cases, which experts told The Washington Post they should have expected and taken more proactive measures to mitigate.“We are asking these people to isolate themselves with their perpetrator, which cuts them off from any support system they have,” said Rachael Natoli, founder of the Australia-based Lokahi Foundation, a charity that provides support to