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Domestic violence on the rise amid falling incomes and rising alcohol consumption

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Chiang Rai Times

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation says the Covid-19 pandemic may be causing a spike in domestic violence, as incomes fall, debt rises, and more people turn to alcohol. The foundation claims incidents of domestic abuse have risen by 66% since March, when Covid restrictions were introduced. The Bangkok Post reports that the biggest rise is in the south of the country, with cases jumping by 48%. Bangkok recorded the lowest rise in incidents, at 26%.

The Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation has produced a book aimed at encouraging communities to create safe spaces for domestic violence victims. Angkana Inthasa from the foundation says the publication uses the experience and knowledge of professionals who’ve worked with victims of abuse. The book outlines ways in which local communities can work with the authorities to find a solution and includes the stories of community leaders who have themselves experienced domestic violence.

Kannikar Charoenluck from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security says around 1,400 incidents of domestic violence a year have been recorded over the last 4 years, averaging around 4 cases a day. She says the ministry has set up a number of refuge shelters for victims of domestic abuse.

“The home, which should be a safe place for women and children, can be a terrifying place where they are subjected to beatings and verbal abuse.”

According to data from the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime, Thailand has one of the world’s highest rates of violence against women.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Oh yes the country is turning in in itself . All for the manic obsession of having no virus.where is all the money that this corrupt gov was going to spend to mitigate the effects of the massive recession thats only just begun?

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    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Just throw more people into prison. Always helps.

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    Hans Eriksson

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    I’m not surprised. more than 50% of all Thais are alcoholics

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      preesy chepuce

      Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      That could only be through lack of practice, unlike in northern Europe, ahem…

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    Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    They notice a 66% rise and say covid MAYBE causing the spike?

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    Issan John

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Unfortunately and sadly the same thing is happening all over the world.

    In the EU there are over 60% more cases, while in the UK “Refuge said that over the past three consecutive weeks it recorded a 66% increase in calls to its helpline and recorded a 957% increase in web traffic over the past two weeks” and “the London-based domestic violence charity Solace says it saw a 200% rise in calls to its helpline during the first easing of Britain’s coronavirus lockdown in May”.

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