France will create a thousand places in shelters for women victims of gender violence

French Prime Minister Jean Castex in a file image. EFE / EPA / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON (CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON /)

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, The French Government announced this Thursday the creation of a thousand more places in shelters in 2022 for battered women and the launch from next March 8 from a week on equality in schools.

With the opening of these places in 2022 they will rise to 9,000 those dedicated to the reception of women who are subjected to violence, a measure that the Executive considers “Crucial” to improve protection and convince victims to leave the home they share with the aggressor.

The fight against violence is a fight for society that needs to act from the root, in the education of our children. That is why we will launch a week of equality between girls and boys starting next year, during the week of March 8, “said the Prime Minister’s cabinet, Jean castex, it’s a statement.

In recent years, March 8 was already used as reflection day on equality in schools, but the idea now is that teachers and students have more time to mobilize in projects and deal with different facets of this problem.

Classroom of a French school in Poissy, on May 5.  EFE / EPA / IAN LANGSDON / ARCHIVE
Classroom of a French school in Poissy, on May 5. EFE / EPA / IAN LANGSDON / ARCHIVO (IAN LANGSDON / POOL /)

The country will also offer other 5,000 emergency telephones for victims of spousal violence, which have a quick emergency button that allows them to quickly contact law enforcement agencies, accessible every day of the week and at any time.

The proper functioning of this device, which had already been used with some 3,000 telephones throughout the territory, has led the Executive to expand it with another 5,000.

Among the previously approved provisions, the following stand out: reinforcement of the reception of victims in police stations, improvement of the training of police officers and gendarmes in police stations, creation of reception places (about 20,000 have been offered since 2018), or the use of bracelets to prevent the aggressors from approaching.

The Ministry of the Interior released on Monday the data on victims of marital violence in 2020, the latest available officials, which lead to 102 women murdered at the hands of their partners compared to 146 in 2019.

(With information from EFE)


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