In addition to the deadly threat of Covid-19 on our lives, one of the worst outcomes of the pandemic is the negative effect of Coronavirus on women.
For women stuck in abusive relationships, lockdown has increased the risks and/or frequency of being abused. Stuck at home, potentially financially insecure, socially-isolated and cut off from friends and family, these women are incredibly vulnerable.
Heartbreakingly, within just three weeks of the first lockdown, domestic homicides more than doubled.
Research has found that the pandemic has “exposed” a domestic abuse crisis. Quite notably, this isn’t due to a greater number of abusers but the social and economic pressures that have arisen as a result of Covid, which have in turn made it more difficult for women to leave abusive relationships.
The impact of domestic abuse on women’s emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing is devastating. Leading to depression and anxiety – and in some cases suicidal thoughts – domestic abuse ruins women’s self-esteem and sense of dignity and worth.
We must honour all women. As Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
The best of you are those who are best to their wives. (Tirmidhi)
So, if you or someone you know is in danger, please seek help.
As part of our work in the UK, we’ve partnered with Advance – a London-based organisation specialised in providing dedicated one-to-one support for survivors of domestic violence. Helping women in crisis, they provide critical support.
Please get in touch. Full information about police and charitable services across the UK can also be found here. Please don’t suffer in silence.
We should all prioritise our mental health. Please look after yourself and seek the support you may need.
May Allah (SWT) protect and bless us all, ameen.
Here at Islamic Relief, we continue to offer psychosocial support to children affected by conflict. We’re also working with organisations across the country to help communities affected by Covid-19 and across the globe.