A survey by Safe Lives reported in The Guardian last November highlighted large rises in victims contacting support services – but also found 61% of survivors said they were unable to seek help during lockdowns “because they weren’t able to access phone or online support, or their perpetrator was with them all the time”.
Associate Professor Murray's study will focus on better understanding the links between gender-based violence (GBV) and the pandemic restrictions on movement. Through an analysis of existing stories of GBV already in the public domain and original life stories set at different stages of the COVID pandemic, the aim is to produce concrete policies recommendations for the ongoing crisis and beyond.
‘Restriction of movement generated by the pandemic has led to a terrifying increase in gender-based violence. This transdisciplinary project will support women to share experiences of COVID-19 that will help us unravel hidden tragedies and these important stories will enable us to raise awareness, inform policy and generate meaningful and urgent change.’