DUBAI: Since the dawn of humanity, domestic violence has existed, and there is so much that a government or health-based organization can do.
According to Euro News officials, a rough estimate of 219,000 women between the ages of 18-75 face domestic violence by their current or former partner, and out of those, only 20% seek help. In line with the data provided by Pakistan Demographics and Health Survey (2017-18), 28% of women between the age of 15-49 have experienced domestic violence since the age of 15. Out of the total, 44% have suffered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. 56%, which is more than half of the population, does not seek help or have an outlet for support.
According to UN Women, 70% of women have experienced domestic violence from an intimate partner, while 35% have experienced it with a non-partner at some point in their lives. More than 37% of women in South Asia, 40% of women in South-East Asia, and up to 68% of women in the Pacific have experienced violence at the hands of their intimate partners.
“Experts have characterized an ‘invisible pandemic’ of domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis as a ‘ticking time bomb’ or a ‘perfect storm,’” Suzanne Jacob, Chief Executive, British Charity SafeLives, Thomson Reuters Foundation.
In the grand scheme of things, rarely extensive measures to nurture the psychosomatic effects of #domesticviolence have been taken. Teardrop is determined to be that platform—a safe healing space to amplify feminist stories that take place behind closed doors so that those who experience it know that they are not alone.
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