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Afghanistan

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Albania

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

245 cases of domestic violence were reported by the Albanian State Police in March 2020. The numbers may be higher as women have tended to remain silent whilst in self-isolation with the perpetrator.

Albania has not followed the global trend of an increase in calls for help from domestic abuse victims. In fact, the data suggests that there were 141 fewer domestic violence reports in March 2020, compared with March 2019. It is suggested that this is because addressing domestic abuse is “considered a luxury in the current state of survival”.

Algeria

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Andorra

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research available.

Angola

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Antigua and Barbuda

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Argentina

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

Increase by 67% in the number of calls made for help to the emergency line, compared to one year previous.

Deaths of women (of those that are reported) have risen by 33% compared to the same period in 2018, and by almost 20% (40 to 49) when compared to the same period in 2019.

Armenia

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

Suspected increase but no figures have been provided.

Australia

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

38% increase in the number of calls to 1800 Respect, the National helpline.

42% increase in the number of first-time family violence reports being made to victim support practitioners.

5% increase in the number of cases reported to police in Western Australia.

Austria

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

On 19th May 2020, it was announced in the Austrian national news that, during the crisis, there had been a 9% increase in the number of reported cases of domestic abuse.

Azerbaijan

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Bahamas

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Bahrain

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

46% increase in abuse.

Bangladesh

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

50% increase in the number of reports of domestic violence in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

81% of Myanmar refugees had faced attacks from relatives.

Barbados

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Belarus

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Belgium

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

A National Helpline reported a 70% rise in calls for help in the third week of lockdown compared to the first week; the calls involved almost double the number of potential victims of violence.

Belize

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Benin

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

Suspected increase in line with UNFPA projections.

Bhutan

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

"The National Commission for Women and Children is seeing an increase in domestic violence cases in Bhutan in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission received 47 cases between January and April from Thimphu alone regarding women who needed immediate support like counselling, shelter and legal advice. Only 77 such cases were reported to the Commission in the whole of 2019”.

2020: "Royal Bhutan Police recorded 13 cases of domestic violence in March. The victims are 11 females and 2 males between 20 to 40 years of age”.

Bolivia

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

Incidents have increased. In the period between 31st March 2020 and 12th April 2020, Bolivia’s public prosecutor's office recorded 545 cases of domestic violence. The government is providing food aid valued at USD $57 to mothers with low incomes and financial aid worth $80 to low-income families with primary school children. Whilst the provision of this aid does not specifically address the rise in domestic abuse, it could alleviate the additional financial pressures caused to already vulnerable groups during the pandemic.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

Likely in line with UNFPA projections.

Botswana

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No specific numbers but there have been reports of an increase in number, which would be in line with UNFPA projections.

2020: It has been suggested that the effects of COVID-19 will cost the region of Sub-Saharan Africa between USD $37 billion and $79 billion in terms of output losses.

Brazil

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

Official reporting is down but The Brazilian Forum on Public Safety analysed more than 50,000 posts on Twitter of which 6,000 indicated domestic abuse had occurred, thereby representing a 431% increase. Other research has suggested a 40-50% increase in the number of incidents of domestic abuse.

Brunei

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Bulgaria

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

The Bulgarian Fund for Women has reported that, since 13th March 2020, when a lockdown was imposed in Bulgaria, 8 women have been killed by their partner.

Burkina Faso

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Burundi

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

COVID-19 is deepening the level of violence against women.

Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Cabo Verde

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Cambodia

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Cameroon

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Canada