Violence in disasters: predictable, preventable
Like armed conflicts, natural disasters take a heavy toll on societies every year.
Evidence shows that domestic and sexual violence rise in the aftermath of natural disasters. This phenomena has received surprinsingly little attention, until the recent publication of an IFRC/Canadian Red Cross report on the subject.
On March 28, Susan Johnson, general director for international operations at the Canadian Red Cross, presented that report at Brookings here in Washington and provided evidence that the interplay between inter-personal violence and post-disaster situations impacts thousands of women, children and elderly people every year.
Ms. Johnson explains some of the case-studies used in the report and why a public health approach to the problem is necessary.