Prevention: Violence against women and girls and COVID-19

Authors/editor(s): Dina Deligiorgis

This brief provides background information on the root causes and risk factors that explain why violence against women occurs in the first place. It highlights how the context of COVID-19 is exacerbating those factors and the impact it is having on rates of violence against women and the ability to undertake evidence-based prevention work in the current context. It provides indicative interventions that can be undertaken during social distancing.

The brief draws from the prevention field and evidence-based frameworks. It is a living document that will benefit from the vast and evolving knowledge of a wide range of experts who are supporting solutions to end violence against women and girls across countries and contexts.

This brief is part of the “EVAW COVID-19 briefs” series.

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentAnti-violence interventionsCOVID-19Ending violence against women and girlsGender equality and women’s empowermentGender discriminationGender power relationsHealth

Resource type: Briefs

Series: EVAW COVID-19 briefs

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 8

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

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