With more people staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a sharp rise in domestic abuse reports.
The Department of Women’s Affairs and Family Development (DWF) in combination with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security released data revealing statistics relating to domestic abuse and violence since the outbreak of covid-19.
The figures show a rise in calls to the social assistance hotline with 154 calls made in March, compared to 144 in February.
The Director of the Women’s and Men’s Progressive Movement, Jaded Chaowilai, said that the figures have spiked due to people being locked in the house together for long periods of time.
He went on to mention that financial stress and worry about the economy could also create an environment where domestic abuse is more likely to occur.
Meanwhile, the government has pledged to increase efforts in protecting women who are victims of sexual abuse and come forward to complain.
A recent study by YouGov showed that one in five women say they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
The Minister of Social Development and Human Security, Juti Karirerk, said the cabinet has been in discussions for ways to assist women who face unfair dismissal from their jobs due to complaints about sexual harassment. He said:
“The prime minister has stressed that disciplinary action will be taken (against wrongdoers) and that those who file complaints are protected.”
However, despite reassurances, there have been few details about how any measures would be implemented with suggestions of a walk-in center in Bangkok where women could report abuse being one of the ideas being touted.
One example of the poor measures in dealing with sexual abusers was illustrated earlier today when a school director was arrested and subsequently released on bail following a video that showed him abusing a young schoolgirl.