With people spending more time at home, the risk of domestic violence increases as does the rate of children being exposed to this. It’s important to realise that abusers can take advantage of restrictions due to COVID-19. Specifically it becomes easier for them to exercise power and control over their partners. Furthermore, the likelihood of mental health issues increasing could also be a factor, particularly for women who have already experienced trauma, such as FGM.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. With the closure of schools, training centres and workplaces, we must all become more vigilant for signs of abuse. If you are concerned about a child or adult’s safety, contact your local social care team or the police. In an emergency, always contact 999.
The National FGM Centre has published a new infographic highlighting the link between COVID-19 and gender-based violence including domestic abuse. Please download and share to raise awareness of this important issue.