WAVE COVID-19 Report:

Impact of the pandemic on women’s specialist support services and women and girls survivors of violence Survey from WAVE Member organisations (March – May 2020)

It has been almost two years since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, unleashing major, unforeseen consequences on daily life around the world. Within this global crisis, women and girls have been disproportionately affected, as the virus and the fight against it have negatively impacted many different aspects of their lives. From economic participation to political empowerment, the pandemic has significantly increased the gender inequality gap worldwide.

Another repercussion has been the heightened risk and vulnerability of women and girls to violence. As the world tried to battle the virus with periods of lockdown, weeks or months during which people could not leave their homes without a valid reason, many women and girls faced abusive treatment in what was meant to be a safe space.
The present report looks deeper into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls survivors of violence, the impact on women’s specialist support services, and how women’s specialist support services continued to provide their services throughout periods of confinement. The report is based on the data provided by WAVE members through a survey distributed to WAVE members, as well as relevant desk research. You can find read the report here.