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ABAAD launches a campaign amidst lockdown in Lebanon as domestic violence cases increase

04.05.2020 / Created by ARCGE
ABAAD launches a campaign amidst lockdown in Lebanon as domestic violence cases increase

On April 16, ABAAD launched a nationwide awareness campaign under the hashtag #LockdownNotLockup, asking people to share ABAAD’s Helpline from their balconies along with messages of solidarity. The purpose was to tell women residing behind closed doors that they are not alone and that they can reach out for support when needed.

Cases of domestic abuse in Lebanon have skyrocketed since the outbreak of COVID-19. According to ABAAD call logs, the number of calls to ABAAD helpines in 2020 have more than doubled compared to the first quarter of 2019. Already existing gender-based violence risks at home and public spaces are exacerbated due to self-isolation, misuse of power, heightened tensions, financial uncertainties and disruption of life-saving services. ABAAD’s Helpline continues to function 24/7, receiving calls from women who seek advice and psychological support, financial support and shelter. ABAAD currently operates 3 shelters across Lebanon which are at full capacity but the organization continues to find alternative solutions to support those in need.

Hundreds of people took part in ABAAD’s initiative across Lebanon, sharing message of hope and telling women that they don’t have to suffer in silence.



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