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Opinion: The Shadow Pandemic Requires New Thinking To Help Those Who Need A Safe Home (The Colorado Sun)

Opinion: The shadow pandemic requires new thinking to help those who need a safe home (The Colorado Sun)

Written by Ned Breslin, CEO of Tennyson Center for Children and Pam Jones, Interim Executive Director for Crossroads Safehouse

As the world has sought safety and protection from the coronavirus pandemic inside our homes, these safe havens are also at the center of domestic violence.

Worldwide, the data is alarming with dramatic increases of calls to domestic abuse hotlines surging by 30-55% in places like the United Kingdom, France and Latin America, and across Colorado.

More concerning, there is every likelihood that we are experiencing a significant reporting lag as domestic violence victims are understandably more tentative about reporting abuse because their options, already limited, are even more daunting during the pandemic.

United Nations Executive Director for UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, describes the intensifying effects of domestic violence on women and children due to the necessary restrictions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the “shadow pandemic.”

Read the entire article here.

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