Domestic violence cases in Japan hit a record high of over 130,000 in FY2020, with people more stressed and worried about life as the coronavirus pandemic forces them to spend more time at home, according to a government inquiry released Tuesday.
The total number of cases stood at 132,355 for the period from April to November, four months before the end of the fiscal year on March 31, surpassing the level for fiscal 2019 by 13,000.
There were more than 15,000 cases per month between April and November, with particularly high figures in May and June, according to the Cabinet Office investigation.
“The number of violent cases increased as people spent longer periods at home and became more stressed and worried about life,” a Cabinet official said.
Speaking at a press conference, Seiko Hashimoto, Minister for Gender Equality, said: “We must closely monitor the situation and step up measures after the government declared a second state of emergency against the coronavirus. ”
According to the survey, there were 119,276 cases of domestic violence in fiscal 2019, which ended in March 2020, with Tokyo leading with 19,868.
Chiba Prefecture had the second highest number with 8,638 and Hyogo Prefecture the third highest with 8,328.
Of those who contacted domestic violence counseling and support centers, 37,044 people were living with children, of which 23,337, or 60% of cases, allegedly involved child abuse.
The data was compiled after combining consultations received by counseling and support centers across the country, as well as a 24-hour hotline launched by the government in April last year.
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