Silent sufferers: Create shelters for male survivors of GBV

A depressed man. Men are equally victims of SGBV, especially during the Covid-19 lockdowns when many lost jobs and were grounded with their families, with nothing or little to eat.

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What you need to know:

  • Many men have suffered intimate partner abuse in the wake of the Covid-19, having lost their power to sustain their families.
  • With safe spaces to free themselves up, many men would be saved from falling into depression and committing suicide.
  • Of the 51 private-run shelters registered with National Shelters Network, none is exclusively committed to male SGBV survivors.

Covid-19 has proved the urgency to establish shelters for men who have survived sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

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