Coronavirus a ‘wake-up call’ on equal pay and domestic violence, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg says

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By Max Zahn with Andy Serwer

Domestic violence, an issue that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says affects one in four women over their lifetimes, has become an even more pressing concern as stay-at-home orders force hundreds of millions of Americans into their homes. Economic vulnerability can be worsened by domestic violence, and financial dependence can make women more likely to remain in abusive relationships, according to a summary of studies released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in 2016.

On Wednesday, researchers called for more data on the gender-based effects of the coronavirus crisis, citing early evidence that suggests women face higher levels of domestic violence and unpaid care work as a result of the outbreak.

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