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Unsafe at home: the increased trend of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh

Anita Jahid (School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 25 November 2021

Issue publication date: 23 February 2022




The pandemic situation has increased the domestic violence rate against women and children significantly around the world. However, it is difficult to measure the accurate rate of increased domestic violence because of restrictions and limited mobility in accessing help and reporting. This paper aims to highlight the current situation of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and domestic violence in Bangladesh. It also states the challenges of the unprecedented situation and how to encounter increasing domestic violence cases.


This paper is a viewpoint of the COVID-19 pandemic and domestic violence situation in Bangladesh. Accordingly, this paper includes a comprehensive literature review that summarises related articles and newspapers on domestic violence.


Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to COVID-19 because of its most dense population. Currently, the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly in all parts of Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing domestic violence for women and girls. Because of the lockdown, financial stress and livelihood scarcity, domestic violence rates show an increasing tendency that should not be overlooked to ensure the safety and security of women and girls in Bangladesh.


This paper delivers information about the current situation of COVID-19 in Bangladesh and the challenges of domestic violence that have risen. This paper will be helpful to policymakers, government and non-government officials for developing effective social safety net interventions.



Jahid, A. (2022), "Unsafe at home: the increased trend of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 15-21.



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