Domestic violence increase in Iraq as survivor shelters go underground

Police in Iraq confirmed domestic violence has increased by 20 percent since Covid-19 broke out, forcing some rights groups to launch underground shelters for survivors, Al Jazeera reported on Friday. The global health crisis has triggered a significant downturn on Iraq’s oil-dependent economy, forcing millions under the poverty line. Hanaa Edwar of the Iraqi Women’s Network, told AFP there had been “a dangerous deterioration in the socioeconomic situation for families following the lockdown, with more families going into poverty, which leads to violent reactions”. Although victims turn to loc…

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