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Domestic abuse: ‘Women in Herat may survive coronavirus but not lockdown’

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The Guardian, 21 April 2020

Since Herat was put in lockdown two weeks ago, work of healthcare workers helping victims of domestic abuse has ground to a halt and many of the women they were trying to protect have disappeared. “In a country where violence against women is endemic, Herat has some of the highest rates of domestic abuse and female suicides. There is only one domestic abuse shelter run by an NGO in Herat, but even before lockdown, the stigma of leaving your family and fear of losing children and revenge attacks often mean that women won’t leave their homes.” Healthcare workers are “terrified that the violence women face during quarantine will claim many of their lives.”