With the confinement imposed by the COVID19 crisis, families and couples are being forced to live in a state of constant closeness, which may be unusual or difficult for them. This can lead to an increased risk of conflict and violent behaviour, as well as the escalation or recurrence of existing conflicts and domestic violence (both familial and marital). Recent studies have shown that confinement can indeed cause tensions within families and relationships, which can escalate into psychological, physical and sexual violence.
Violence in all its forms and facets is not acceptable and will never be tolerated. It is therefore vital to ensure that all victims (women, men and children) and as well as all perpetrators (men and women) have access to help and assistance during this period of crisis.