Domestic Violence on the rise during COVID-19 period
The country has witnessed a rise in domestic violence and sexual offenses the Ministry of Health has revealed.
Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi on Tuesday said that the government has witnessed a spike in domestic violence, gender-based violence and sexual offense since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country.
The Chief Administrative Secretary further advised Kenyans against involving themselves in such vices.
“As the Ministry of Health what we are really saying is that this is not the time to engage in disputes and to bend about in terms of domestic violence towards our partners, We want to remind everyone that the law has not been suspended and that it will catch up with those who mete violence on others during this period,” she added
She further added that the ministry is in constant communication with the Gender Violence Recovery Centre as well as the National Council on Administration of Justice over the worrying numbers.
“Both organizations have told us there is an increase in both numbers of gender-based violence and sexual violence and most of the time it’s been noticed that this violence has been perpetrated by close relatives and guardians.” she added