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Virus Lockdown Has an Awful Side Effect

Domestic violence is on the rise worldwide
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2020 2:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – The leader of the UN has made a worldwide appeal related to the coronavirus outbreak, but it has nothing to do with equipment shortages or best practices while out in public. Instead, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is worried about "a horrifying global surge in domestic violence," reports the AP. He didn't call out specific nations, but he said calls to help lines have doubled in some places amid the lockdown, and he urged governments to make sure victims are safe. The problem is that police departments are frequently overwhelmed with other virus-related issues. Coverage:

  • Code word: Europe has been largely locked down for weeks, and the problem seems most pronounced in Spain and France. There, women can now go into pharmacies and use the phrase "mask 19" to alert the pharmacist to abuse, reports CNN. The pharmacist takes the woman's information and calls police. "There has always been gender violence, but this crisis makes it all worse," says a worker at a women's shelter in Rome.

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