Plan International, who carried out the research with the United Nations Population Fund, said they are particularly concerned about teenage girls who they say face a greater threat of being abused due to the Covid-19 crisis turning their lives “upside down”.
The global children’s charity found 69 per cent of those polled said gender-based violence has risen since the public health crisis began. Psychological and physical abuse by a romantic partner or relative were the most frequently reported.
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