Abuse in the Pandemic Deploying Codewords and Fake Online Shops against Domestic Violence

Domestic violence has risen during the coronavirus pandemic, and lockdowns have made it more difficult for women to get help. Activists around the world are deploying fake online shops and codewords in response.
Polish teen Krysia Paszko helps women escape domestic violence by way of a fake Facebook shop.

Polish teen Krysia Paszko helps women escape domestic violence by way of a fake Facebook shop.

Foto: WOJTEK RADWANSKI / AFP
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"Rumianki i bratki" looks like an online shop on Facebook. But it's actually a portal for women facing domestic violence and abuse.

"Rumianki i bratki" looks like an online shop on Facebook. But it's actually a portal for women facing domestic violence and abuse.

Foto: Rumianki i bratki / Facebook
Women in Poland protesting against domestic violence. They want better protection from the government.

Women in Poland protesting against domestic violence. They want better protection from the government.

Foto: Beata Zawrzel / NurPhoto / Getty Images
In South African townships, a pastry named "koeksister" has become a codeword for domestic violence.

In South African townships, a pastry named "koeksister" has become a codeword for domestic violence.

Foto: Per-Anders Pettersson / Getty Images
Pharmacists are able to provide immediate assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Pharmacists are able to provide immediate assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Foto: Victor Lerena / Agencia EFE / imago images

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