According to a report, the phrase “how to control your woman” was googled 165 million times during the pandemic
Domestic abuse cases have increased dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to many studies, with gender violence at an all-time high. A new study showed that people Googled similar topics in 2020, which supports this theory.
Katerina Standish, deputy director and senior lecturer at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand, authored the report, which was published in the journal Taylor and Francis.
Precarity and vulnerability, despondency and helplessness, indicative male violence, and deliberate male violence were the subjects of the report, which looked at Google searches in the United States. According to the report, the increase in 2020 will be from 31% to 106%.
165 million people googled “how to handle your wife” and “how to hit a woman so no one notices.” Many search results mentioned male abuse. The phrases “he will kill me” and “he beats me up” were Googled 107 million and 320 million times, respectively. Furthermore, the phrase “help me, he won’t leave” was searched 1.22 billion times on Google.
“Each of these ‘rounded’ numbers is the product of someone typing these search terms into a web search engine. Since I didn’t want to dilute the visual impact of each individual search engine entry, I presented these figures in their entirety. Hundreds of millions of people are looking for help online, and I wanted my study to represent this COVID-19 reality,” the author wrote.