Amid virus, a 'shadow' pandemic for domestic abuse sufferers

Paterson (United States) (AFP) – In New Jersey, at a timber farm turned shelter for women who have suffered domestic violence, Gloria’s struggles, like those of many abuse victims, have worsened with the coronavirus pandemic. From Argentina to Singapore, virus-induced confinement has caused an increase in violence cases and their severity and made it more difficult to report abuses and help victims, activists say. Gloria, a 56-year-old New Yorker who is too afraid to give her surname, arrived at the Strengthen Our Sisters shelter six months ago, several months into the pandemic. Before joining…

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