COVID-19 and violence against women: what the data tells us

1. The numbers vary across countries and demographics, but overall, the pandemic has increased women’s experiences of violence and eroded their feelings of safety.

Since escaping her abusive marriage, Romela Islam has been able to fulfill her dream of learning to drive. Photo: UN Women/Fahad Kaizer

2. Violence against women has had a significant impact on women’s mental health during the pandemic.

3. Socioeconomic factors play a major role in women’s experiences of violence.

4. Age is no barrier when it comes to violence against women.

5. Especially in domestic violence situations, women often do not seek outside help.

Goretty Ondola, at right, speaks with Caren Omanga of the Nyando Social Justice Centre.
Photo: UN Women/Luke Horswell

1. Put women at the centre of policy change, solutions and recovery.

2. Provide resources to address violence against women in COVID-19 recovery and response plans.

3. Strengthen services for women who experience violence, including where COVID-19 has increased existing risk factors and vulnerabilities.

4. Invest in medium and long-term prevention efforts to end violence against women and girls.

5. Collect sex-disaggregated data on the impact of COVID-19.

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