TOOLS: Know how to stay safe when continuing or leaving an abusive relationship.
The World Health Organization has warned that stay-at-home orders and quarantine measures taken to try to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic will likely lead to an increase in domestic violence.
"Women in abusive relationships are more likely to be exposed to violence, as are their children, as family members spend more time in close contact, and families cope with additional stress and potential economic or job losses," said WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Speaking to reporters Friday about the coronavirus pandemic, he called on countries to include services for addressing domestic violence in their COVID-19 response.
Know how to stay safe when leaving or continuing an abusive relationship.