Domestic abuse and mental ill-health: twin shadow pandemics stalk the second wave

The coronavirus crisis has been stalked by two shadow pandemics – one of domestic abuse and one of mental health. Since the first outbreak of the virus, numerous reports have highlighted a marked increase in forms of domestic violence and abuse, especially intimate partner violence and domestic homicide. The UN Secretary General has described the rise in domestic violence in 2020 as a “horrifying global surge.”

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