Domestic violence calls have gone up in several regions in the Americas, according to the Pan American Health Organization.
"The ongoing stay-at-home measures, coupled with the social and economic impacts of this virus are increasing the risks of domestic violence," Pan American Health Organization director Dr. Carissa Etienne said in a briefing Tuesday. "Home, is no longer a safe space for many."
In Argentina, domestic violence calls have increased by more than a third, Etienne said. And in Mexico, calls have gone up more than 50% in comparison to last year. Etienne warned this may not even represent the full picture.
"These are only a few examples, it's happening across our region. The real extent of domestic violence during Covid-19 is likely underestimated as survivors are stuck at home and support and outreach services have been interrupted. With reduced contact to friends and family, or barriers in access to services and shelters, we are leaving survivors with nowhere to go," Etienne said.
"Violence is never acceptable and survivors of domestic violence, should not be blamed," Etienne urged.