France deposits victims of domestic violence in hotels during foreclosure

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France will move victims of domestic violence to hotels while attacks are increasing amid blockages of the coronavirus.
Photo: GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP via Getty Images

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.

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