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Abuse is on the rise during the pandemic.
Abuse thrives in isolation -- and social distancing has led to more isolation.
People living in care homes, people without housing, people living with food insecurity, migrant workers, and people working at low-paying front-line and factory jobs have been disproportionately at-risk.
Social distancing has led to situations where people are isolated with abusers and/or stuck with harmful employers.
Before the pandemic, there were gaps in our social safety net that made it difficult for people to get support if they were living with abuse, such as lack of affordable housing and long wait-times for support services. During the pandemic, the gaps in our social safety net will only get wider if we don't take action.
A Gender Lens on COVID-19: Pandemics and Violence Against Women and Children
The Centre for Global Development
Gender-Based Violence and the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children
COVID-19 and Domestic Violence: A Tale of Two Pandemics
The Big Story
If you are looking for more general information on what abuse is, we recommend accessing training materials by The Learning Network, the Neighbours, Friends and Families Campaign, and the Ending Violence Association of Canada.
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