Giving Compass’ Take:
• Emma Batha writes on the surge of stalking against women that is happening in the UK due to the lockdown from the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Requests for help from stalking victims have jumped 40% since the lockdown was imposed. How can donors help this cause?
• Here’s an article that suggests women in the United Kingdom are taking on greater levels of stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 lockdown.
British charities for victims of stalking have reported a surge in calls during the coronavirus lockdown, with women isolated at home saying they feel like “sitting ducks.”
Paladin, a national anti-stalking service, said on Monday that requests for help jumped 40% since the lockdown was imposed on March 23.
Campaigners said police and the judiciary did not take “the invidious crime” seriously enough, even though research showed stalking was a factor in more than 90% of domestic homicides.
“Stalking is premeditated and is extremely dangerous behaviour,” said Rachel Horman, chair of Paladin.
She said most victims were reporting being stalked via social media, messaging apps, and email, but physical stalking was still happening despite the lockdown.
Read the full article about the stalking surge in the UK by Emma Batha at Global Citizen.
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