Children and women are at increased risks of violence in emergency contexts such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency measures such as school closures and restrictions on movement disrupt children’s routine and social support while also placing pressure on parents and caregivers, for example, loss of family income or decreased access to all services.

Parents and caretakers might use violent discipline with children out of anger and frustration, or because they are unfamiliar with non-violent methods. Whatever the reason, violence leaves children with physical and psychological scars. It can also influence children’s attitudes towards family and relationships later in life, which can perpetuate the cycle of violence.

As a child’s home should be a happy, nurturing and loving environment, positive parenting is essential in any crisis, including COVID-19.

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