Long-term Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Intimate Partner Violence in Rural India
The state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) ranks the highest in India for intimate partner violence IPV, particularly amongst married women living in remote regions. SARS-CoV-2 has forced victims of IPV to socially isolate at home with their abusive partner. Therefore, it is important to consider the long-term impacts of social isolation due to COVID-19 on intimate partner violence faced by married women living in rural UP, India. Such as, gynecological complications due to a rise in coercive and non-consensual sexual practices. Additionally, sustained long-term IPV can generate mental health disorders amongst victims. It is recommended that the Indian Ministry of Health generate policy change to help victims of IPV. Helplines would act as preliminary counseling and emotional support for women facing mental health distress due to IPV.