COVID-19: Countries seeing surge in domestic violence cases

By Dylan Stableford

As more and more people are being urged to stay home to combat the spread of the coronavirus, countries around the world are seeing a disturbing uptick in domestic violence.

"Sadly, there are reports from some countries of an increase in domestic violence since the COVID-19 outbreak began," Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said Friday. "As people are asked to stay home, the risk of intimate partner violence is likely to increase."

At a press briefing in Albany, N.Y., Melissa DeRosa, an aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said that state police report between a 15 percent and 20 percent rise in domestic violence cases.

"Women should know they don't have to stay in those situations," DeRosa said. "We will help them find safe shelter."

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