Emergency services across Europe have recorded an increase of up to 60% in calls from women victims of domestic violence during confinement linked to the fight against the new coronavirus, WHO Europe alerted on Thursday.
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According to the WHO, domestic violence against a spouse or a child tends to increase in times of crisis, especially with the restriction and containment measures put in place to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.
" Member states report an increase of up to 60% in emergency calls to women victims of violence from their partners in April this year, compared to last year ," said the director. from the European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) Hans Kluge, during a press conference broadcast online from Copenhagen. " Reports are on the rise in almost all countries, " said organization expert Isabel Yordi.
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The United Nations agency responsible for sexual and reproductive health (UNFPA) has estimated that an additional 31 million cases of domestic violence will occur worldwide if the confinement continues for another six months.
The European branch of WHO, which stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific and includes 53 countries as diverse as Russia and Andorra, has 1.6 million official cases of Covid-19 disease and nearly 150,000 deaths linked to virus, according to figures from the organization. Before the epidemic, a quarter of women and a third of children in the region had been subjected to violence in their lifetime.
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