While many children and adolescents are out of school and staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19, we know that home is not always a safe place. The Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS) shows that children and adolescents often face a great risk of witnessing or experiencing violence in the home and that parents and caregivers are often perpetrators of violence.
The same is true for women, who are most likely to experience violence from a partner. Furthermore, the data show that poverty and food insecurity—factors that we know are heightened in emergency contexts like COVID-19 —often drive or exacerbate violence against children and women.
We also know that women and girls face unique risks in crises, which further compound existing issues of gender inequality.
While it is clear that children, adolescents, and women are facing increased threats to their safety and well-being, we can make a difference. There are actions we can all take – whether as parents, educators, or policymakers – to prevent and reduce violence.
Please see below for helpful information and resources. Together we can prevent violence against children and women, during the COVID-19 global health crisis and beyond.
See below for resources and tools to help stay safe during this pandemic, and check back frequently as we update this page. If you have resources you’d like to add to this page, please email us at info(@)togetherforgirls.org.
If you or someone you know is currently experiencing violence, please visit Child Helpline International for a list of helplines by country.
Even before COVID-19, Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) data shows that children experience unacceptable levels of violence, which could be compounded by the crisis. See below for some helpful resources on protecting children during this time:
Girls and women, who are already disproportionately impacted by domestic and sexual violence, face unique risks during COVID-19. See below for the latest resources:
1.5 billion children are impacted by school closures worldwide caused by COVID-19. While transitions like moving to online classrooms can cause stress for students, parents, and teachers, these resources can help:
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