Concern addresses GBV and its root causes through providing:
- Resources and access to reporting facilities for survivors;
- Healthy relationship and conflict resolution education for women, couples, and families. By building capacity of couples, especially men, to be able to cope with stresses as they arise and tools to equip them to deal with them in nonviolent ways, there is the potential to reduced levels of GBV.
- Emergency relief and nutritional support. This will prevent women and girls from having to engage in risky behaviours in order to gain the support they need. It also may reduce the stress levels in the home and levels of domestic violence.
- Literacy, farming, and vocational education to build skills and opportunities for women so they can enter formal employment;
- Training for teachers on recognising and preventing abuse;
- Engagement of community leaders in reducing stigma. If community leaders see nothing wrong with GBV or domestic violence, there is a risk of women being further stigmatised. With no leadership speaking out against GBV, it further embeds the problem
- Involvement of women in community decisions. Women know what the issues are, they also know what the solutions could be or even the immediate supports needed. So, if they are involved in community decision making, they will be in a position of power to influence for change.
You can find out more about how we tackle gender inequality here.
While some of the immediate impacts have started to improve as restrictions have eased, many will have lifelong effects on those that have been hardest hit. The rates of depression, anxiety disorders, unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV are higher in women who have experienced violence compared to women who have not, as well as many other health problems that can last even after the violence – and the pandemic – has ended.
Therefore, even if in the UK we appear to be slowly making moves to the road of recovery and away from the aftershocks of the pandemic, for millions of women and girls across the globe, their journey has only just begun.
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by domestic abuse or violence, the following organisations may be able to help. If you are in immediate danger, you should dial 999.
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline
The 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge is for women experiencing domestic abuse, their family, friends and others calling on their behalf.
Phone: 0808 2000 247
The 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline
The 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline (Northern Ireland)
The 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline (Northern Ireland) offers referral to a range of services to all women, men and children affected by domestic & sexual violence.
Phone: 0808 802 1414
Visit the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Helpline website