This comes right after the UK police said that lockdowns had an ‘inevitable impact’ on domestic abuse
Domestic violence is a problem our society has struggled with for decades and turns out it has only gotten worse during the lockdown. Despite many laws being passed, abusers seem to have gotten a lot more confident during the pandemic as their victims were forced to live with them with no escape. According to new research, ‘I’m going to kill her when she gets home’ was typed into Google 178 million times last year. This comes right after UK police said that lockdowns had an ‘inevitable impact’ on domestic abuse, reported Unilad.
Earlier research by Panorama showed that two-thirds of women in abusive relationships were suffering more violence during the pandemic. The heart-breaking study further revealed that three-quarters of victims found it difficult to escape their relationships during the lockdown. Last year’s Google searches only went on to prove how horrific it had all become. Katerina Standish, the deputy director and senior lecturer at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand, led a study titled, ‘COVID-19, suicide, and femicide: Rapid Research using Google search phrases.’ The study published in the Journal of General Psychology found that searches related to violent, abusive behavior had increased from 31 percent to 106 percent, reported Unilad.
‘How to control your woman’ was Googled 165 million times, up 67% from 2019 while ‘How to hit a woman so no one knows’ was also Googled 165 million times, an increase of 31%. ‘I am going to kill her when she gets home’ was searched 178 million times, up 39% from the previous year. According to the study, 107 million Google searches were recorded for ‘he will kill me’, marking an 84% increase from 2019. ‘He beats me up all the time’ was Googled 320 million times during the pandemic, up 36% from 2019. ‘Help me, he won’t leave’ was Googled more than 1.22 billion times, marking a 95% increase from 2019, reported Unilad.
Unilad further wrote that while the study ‘has not connected online utterances of potential male violence against women to actual or experienced violence against specific women’, ‘it serves to strengthen claims of violence as relevant threats associated with the pandemic, beyond the virus itself.’ According to MSNBC, Ted Bunch, co-founder of advocacy organization A Call to Men, said, “When someone searches for a term that shows an intention to physically harm a woman, we need an immediate disruption. It takes visionary funders and leaders of industry who are willing to look at innovative prevention methods to create these types of disruptions.”