Breaking the cycle of domestic violence made more difficult during pandemic
The cycle of violence. Photo from the ‘Casa de Refugio Matilde’ women’s shelter in Quito, Ecuador. Used with permission.This article is part one of the author's report on women with violent partners during lockdown in Ecuador. Click here to read part two. Elisa, whose name has been changed for her protection, is a 41-year-old Ecuadorian businesswoman in an abusive relationship. Although almost half of all women in Ecuadorhave endured this type of violence at least once in their lives, Elisa believes that abusive relationships are not really understood by the general community. In a phone inter...