Findings from a research study on the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence against women in Ha Noi, Viet Nam

COVID-19 Violence against women Family violence Gender equality Vietnam

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted nationwide social-distancing measures in Vietnam, isolating more than 95 million people inside their homes and as a result, domestic violence increased. 

In this study, 303 female participants shared their experiences of family violence during COVID-19. Among them, 99 per cent endured either economic, psychological, physical, or sexual abuse during the lockdown. 84 per cent reported experiencing more violence than before COVID-19, while 80.7 per cent said they were injured during these fits of rage. Up to 7.2 per cent attempted suicide, a small but staggering number compared to only 45 per cent who sought help.

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