The hurt locker

COVID-19 quarantines are meant to suppress action. But in the context of gender-based violence, they have provoked the equal and opposite reaction. Victims are locked in and then they’re locked out. Locked in, i.e. trapped in the same living hell as their abusers. In 73 percent of cases, the hurt providers are current/former husbands/partners. And then locked out – as in unable to access the needed justice, healthcare, wellness support, shelter. The UN calls it the shadow pandemic. These were already painful realities before 2020. The National Demographic Health Survey of the Philippine Statis…

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