Guidance For GBV Shelters in the Context of COVID-19

Authors/editor(s): Authors/editor(s): UN Women MCO Caribbean in collaboration with PAHO/WHO and UNFPA

Content Editor: Tonni Ann Brodber

It is important to note that survivors of gender-based violence need support and even more so due to COVID-19 now that they are possibly isolated in an unsafe environment. Therefore, gender-based violence shelters should remain open for the safety and protection of survivors and mechanisms to strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations serving domestic violence survivors and their children should be in place.

Communal settings like domestic violence shelters are environments where a number of people reside, meet, or gather in close proximity for either a limited or extended period of time. Other aspects of shelter living such as restrictions on resident movement and lack of alternative work schedules for staff, make these environments especially vulnerable to infectious diseases.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Latin America and the Caribbean

Subject area(s): COVID-19; Domestic violence/interpersonal violence; Ending violence against women and girls; Health

Resource type: Briefs; Issue papers

Series: EVAW COVID-19 briefs

UN Women office involved in publication: Multi-Country Office – Caribbean

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 10

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)