Globally, during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, reports of domestic abuse have increased. Using scientific and newsreports about violence against women during COVID-19 and the changes it implicated in society, this article speculates howdifferent factors contribute to violence against women worldwide, with some focus on Lebanon. Violence types addressed inthis study will be domestic violence and intimate partner violence. To understand the link between violence against womenand the multidimensional interplay between different factors operating during pandemic lockdown, Heise’s ecological modelis used. These factors are classified into four groups: structural and environmental, community/societal, relationship, andindividual. Violence increase was due to increase in tensions in households, increased perpetrator’s risk factors for violence,economic burden, and survivors’ limited access to support services available prelockdown. COVID-19’s response plan limitedthe spread of the virus, however, it weakened women’s ability to respond to their violent perpetrators.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.