Not only has a “shadow” wave of violence against women emerged during the coronavirus pandemic, but women experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic are also more likely to be abused by their partners. theirs, according to a research released on Monday by Australian researchers.
The survey of 10,000 women aged 18 and over was conducted between February and April 2021 by Australia’s National Research Foundation for Women’s Safety, a research and policy group. It asked the women about their experiences during the first 12 months of the pandemic.
The results showed that people with high levels of financial stress were “more likely” to experience physical violence, as well as emotional abuse, for the first time in their relationships, compared with those with high levels of financial stress. economic security. The researchers also found that violence was more likely in relationships with financial disparities.
Rick Brown, deputy director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, which collaborated on the study, said in a statement.
More than 40% of women surveyed said they were “worried about their financial situation”, while more than 30% had been temporarily laid off, lost their job, had to reduce working hours or have their pay cut, according to the report. fox.
Australia has imposed some of the harshest pandemic measures in the world, with international borders close the door and major cities are locked in a few months. The researchers describe those measures as creating a situation where pressure cookers contribute to violence against women.
“This finding,” they said in the report, “is consistent with research showing that women are more negatively affected by the pandemic than men.”
ONE report published last year by UN Women, a United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality, found that the pandemic had made women feel more vulnerable to abuse, sexual harassment and violence, This has taken a toll on their mental and emotional health.
Forty-five percent of women surveyed in 13 countries said they or a woman they know has experienced some form of violence since the start of the pandemic, and women who said this is at risk 1.3 times higher than others surveyed to report more severe mental and emotional stress. The countries surveyed are Albania, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Paraguay, Thailand and Ukraine.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/31/world/australia/covid-women-violence-australia.html Researchers find financially stressed women face abuse during pandemic