Social Dev Ministry: Spike in violence against women partly fueled by pandemic

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    The spike in violence against women is being partly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Social Development Ministry.

    In a media release, it says persons have been in close quarters and not having much personal space anymore.

    It believes that in the case of most abusers, they usually have anger issues and given these further constraints, minute conditions can trigger them to become violent.

    The Ministry says there has also been an increase in alcohol and drugs during the pandemic encouraging violent rants by some men.

    It acknowledges that it is unlikely that an abuser would voluntarily seek help but it suggests counseling to anyone that does.

    It is urging men to reach out for assistance and stop hurting women.