13 Nov 2020
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An increase in intimate partner violence has been a worrying consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic in EU Member States and globally. Lockdown measures imposed in many countries have increased the exposure of victims to perpetrators, with increased levels of stress and economic instability potentially exacerbating the issue.
There is an urgent need to understand which of the measures adopted by Member States during the pandemic have proved most useful in protecting and supporting victims of intimate partner violence, and how best to implement them.
RAND Europe has been commissioned by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) to identify promising measures for protecting and supporting women who are victims of intimate partner violence and their children, both during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based on contextual information gathered from across all Member States, the study will provide recommendations on two types of national measures: