France will move victims of domestic violence to hotels while attacks are increasing amid blockages of the coronavirus.
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The French government has pledged to move victims of domestic violence to hotels while the country remains under coronavirus control. It is one of the few new measures to help people who are isolated with their attackers as home attacks are on the increase.
French Minister for Gender Equality Marlène Schiappa announced on Monday that in addition to subsidizing 20,000 nights of hotel accommodation, the government would also set up around 20 counseling centers in grocery stores. Since March 17, the French have only been allowed outside to do the necessary grocery and pharmacy shopping, to consult a doctor or to exercise. During locking, Time reports, Paris police have seen a 36% increase in domestic violence calls, while the rest of the country has seen this rate increase by 32%. Two people were murdered in the two weeks that followed, and the residence orders should not be lifted until April 15 at the earliest.
France already has a high rate of domestic violence, particularly compared to other European countries, and according to Reuters, Schiappa previously identified the current situation as “fertile ground for violence”. At the moment, she would seek “to increase the points of contact with women. Since it is difficult for women to get out, we want to make sure that support systems can go to women. “
In addition to setting up counseling centers and providing emergency accommodation, the French government has also invested € 1 million ($ 1.1 million) in organizations to combat domestic violence, in order to better equip them for growing demand. And according to The Parisian, the country is also using a system in the Canary Islands of Spain, where victims can alert a pharmacist of domestic violence by requesting a “mask 19”, a code word indicating that they should call the police.
Of course, this problem is not limited to France: reports of domestic violence are increasing in many countries where people are kept inside because of the coronavirus. With about 80% of US residents currently invited or forced to stay at home, police across the country are recording dramatic increases in reports of domestic violence. Echoing Schiappa’s sentiment, Barbara Paradiso – director of the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado in Denver – recently said Mother Jones that current conditions feel “almost like a petri dish for increased levels of violence in family relationships”.