As cases of domestic violence shoot up amid COVID-19 pandemic, Twitter launches dedicated tool to help people combat the menace

WION Web Team Delhi Jun 17, 2020, 05.17 PM(IST)

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With this initiative, Twitter has expanded #ThereIsHelp prompt, which was started to provide credible information on critical issues.

As the reported cases of domestic violence against women continue to rise globally, microblogging platform Twitter has launched a dedicated search prompt that will direct people looking for domestic violence-related keywords towards relevant information and sources of help on Twitter.

According to the company statement, this feature will be available on iOS, Android, and on mobile.twitter.com in India in English and Hindi languages. 

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With this initiative, Twitter has expanded #ThereIsHelp prompt, which was started to provide credible information on critical issues.

Data shows that since the coronavirus outbreak, violence against women and girls has intensified across the globe. The lockdown may help keep women safe from the coronavirus, but it has pushed thousands of them into something equally grievous.

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According to a recent report by UN Women, 243 million women and girls aged 15-49 globally have been subjected to sexual and/or physical violence perpetrated by an intimate partner in the past 12 months.

Twitter said the National Commission for Women (NCW) has recorded more than two-fold rise in gender-based violence in the lockdown period in India.


(With inputs from PTI)