Tips on how to assist domestic abuse victims during COVID-19 pandemic
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the country is going through a 21-day lockdown.
South Africa has 1,380 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five people have passed away.
What happens when victims are stuck at home with their abusers?
The reality is that it is unlikely that victims of intimate partner violence can escape the home.
Eusebius McKaiser chats to BBC gender and identity correspondent Megha Mohan to discuss the international measures to assist domestic abuse survivors during the pandemic.
Citizens globally have been told that the number one priority is to contain the virus, maintaining social distance and staying in your house.Megha Mohan, Gender and Identity correspondent - BBC
She says all the silent stories of domestic abuse that are happening while the world in on lockdown are probably going to be hidden for months.
The one key piece of advice that is transcending countries is, we as a society, as neighbours and as friends need to be the eyes and ears on the ground at the moment.Megha Mohan, Gender and Identity correspondent - BBC
She says there are practical things that people can do help those that are abused.
Calling the police can go a long way in assisting those in need.
Observing social queues when going to the shops, make eye contact and ask them if they are okay and keep those lines of communication going. Make sure that your local government knows what your concerns are.Megha Mohan, Gender and Identity correspondent - BBC
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