According to the first months of coronavirus pandemic, all women in the world staying at home during isolation turned out to be fully exposed to domestic abusers. The first statistical reports look quite pessimistic.
In France, the number of domestic abuse cases increased by 32 per cent in average in the first month of isolation. In the UK, the number of calls to domestic abuse helpline jumped by 65 per cent per week. The calls to the Spanish helpline rose by 12.5 per cent in the last two weeks. In Cyprus, the number rose by 30 per cent. Kyrgyzstan is not an exception. See also: Authorities of Kyrgyzstan Speak of Rise in Domestic Violence during Lockdown
We read about the increased number of questions about shelters and crisis centres in the media; women want to escape domestic abuse. As far as I know, there is no exact statistics, but it should not stop us and we should not think there is no abuse in families today. Unfortunately, a lot of women and children find home a place of fear and maltreatment during self-isolation. The importance of this problem can be seen on the social media pages of our crisis centres, women's non-profit organisations, activists and concerned Kyrgyzstanis. Otherwise, it would be more difficult and take more time to treat our society.
In France, amid strict measures imposed during the lockdown, women's organisations, crisis centres, human rights defenders urge the police officers not to fine women staying on the streets alone or with children without permit, but to find out first if this violation is caused by domestic abuse.
Therefore, Kyrgyzstan needs to take urgent measures to ensure protection and assistance to women and children suffering from domestic abuse during the lockdown.