The Hollywood Superstar Angelina Jolie wrote an article on child abuse’ a problem that has increased amid coronavirus pandemic.
She showed concern about how isolation has influenced families throughout the world and has created risks for children.
She wrote in her essay that the pandemic could lead to the creation of a negative environment for the children. She said that more than 100 women are killed due to domestic violence each day around the globe, and children are often affected too.
“Isolating a victim from family and friends is a well-known tactic of control by abusers, meaning that the social distancing that is necessary to stop COVID-19 is one that will inadvertently fuel a direct rise in trauma and suffering for vulnerable children. There are already reports of a surge in domestic violence around the world, including violent killings.
“It comes at a time when children are deprived of the very support networks that help them cope: from their trusted friends and teachers to after-school sports activities and visits to a beloved relative’s house that provide an escape from their abusive environment. COVID-19 has cut children off from their friends, their regular schooling and their freedom of movement. With well over a billion young people living under lockdown worldwide, there has been a lot of focus on how to prevent children from missing out on their education, as well as how to lift their spirits and keep them joyful in isolation.”
Angelina Jolie made good use of her platform to support those children through critical times.
“The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children has produced a series of guides to help protect children during the pandemic, including managing stress and talking to children about difficult issues. The Child Helpline Network can direct parents or anyone with concerns to a number to call for advice and information. And some sites can help you if you have concerns about your own relationship. It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. It will take an effort by the whole of our country to give children the protection and care they deserve.”