Several surveys have shown an increase in domestic abuse cases amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with gender-based violence reaching a record high. The same has been corroborated by a recent study that found that people even Googled similar topics in 2020.
Published in the magazine Taylor and Francis, the study was written by Katerina Standish, Deputy Director and Senior Lecturer at the National Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
The study analyzed Google searches in the US that focused on six areas of interest: precariousness and insecurity, despondency and powerlessness, indicative male violence and intentional male violence, it reported. News18.
According to the study, the results showed an increase from 31 to 106 percent in 2020.
“How to Control Your Wife” and “How to Hit a Woman So No One Knows” were Googled 165 million times. Male violence was reported in many search results. “He’s going to kill me” was googled 107 million times, “hits me” was searched 320 million times. Also, “help me, it won’t go away” was Googled 1.220 million times.
“Each of these ’rounded’ numbers is the result of a person placing these search terms on the web engine. These figures are presented in full because I did not want to diminish the visual impact of each individual entry in the search engine. Hundreds of millions of people seek help online and I wanted to reflect this reality of COVID-19, ”the author wrote in her study.