In the eye of the storm: the domestic and sexual violence epidemic amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria

Authors

  • Mapayi BM Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Oloniniyi IO Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Folayan MO Obafemi Awolowo University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.38029/bumj.v5i1.104

Keywords:

Sexual violence, pandemic, Nigeria, gender-based violence, rape

Abstract

The global pandemic of the coronavirus has resulted in a disruption in life as we know it, with massive effects on tourism, the healthcare system, and the global economy at large. Many countries, initiated measures to curtail the spread of the virus with non-pharmaceutical interventions such as lockdown, quarantine, social distancing, and movement restrictions. These measures while preventing the spread of the virus may have triggered another pandemic, albeit a silent one. This article reviews the burden of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence in Nigeria highlighting the factors that may have interplayed with the lockdown to worsen the situation in Nigeria. This article also focuses on measures to strengthen medical, legal, and supportive responses to survivors.

Published

2022-06-30

How to Cite

Mapayi, B., Oloniniyi, I., & Folayan, M. (2022). In the eye of the storm: the domestic and sexual violence epidemic amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. Babcock University Medical Journal, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.38029/bumj.v5i1.104

Issue

Section

Brief Communication