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The Shadow Pandemic, a rise of domestic violence cases

By Rhea Endo The Coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented change to many people’s lives, putting whole nations into lockdown. But the pandemic has one devastating side-effect, what UN Women is calling ‘The Shadow Pandemic’: a rise in domestic violence cases all around the world. “My husband works from home, and my child’s school is closed,” one woman said. “He is really feeling the stress and using physical violence against family members.” (Asahi Shimbun, April 2) “Things changed when the school closed on the 14th,” she says. “Then the children were home constantly and they began to irritate my husband. Usually he saves his anger for me, but he has begun …

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