Not only will the work-life balance be particularly disturbed by the increasing burden of care, experts fear that domestic and sexual violence will increase. Provisional figures from the most affected province in China already showed that domestic violence had increased and figures from other places are also starting to come in.
The WHO drew up a fact sheet to this end: they advise women who experience violence to contact supportive family and friends who can provide practical help (e.g. food, childcare) and in dealing with stress. They advise developing a safety plan for their own and their children's safety in case the violence gets worse. In Flanders, victims and perpetrators of violence can contact the anonymous helpline 1712 and other hotlines such as Tele-Onthaal.