What Crime and Helpline Data Say About the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Reported Violence Against Women and Girls
Published the UNODC research brief on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on violence against women and gender-related violence
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on the 25th of November 2020, the UNODC Research Center published the first results of a research aimed at investigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on violence against women and gender-related violence.
The evidence presented in the research brief refers to a limited number of States and is therefore provisional, so that only long-term monitoring will ascertain whether measures aimed at restricting the spread of COVID-19 have had an impact on the level of sexual and domestic violence at a global level. The data nevertheless highlights how in some States – such as Italy, Peru and Spain– a general decrease in the reporting of rapes and sexual assaults to the Authorities is accompanied by a significant increase in calls to helplines. There was no notable change in the number of gender-related killings of women and girls, which overall remains high.
To read the report, click here.