Millions of people around the world have to remain confined to their homes to combat the coronavirus outbreak. However, for many people their own home is not a safe place.
According to health authorities, confinement is the most effective way to reduce the number of covid-19 infections, which until March 24 affected more than 400,000 people in more than 160 countries.
However, this confinement is also revealing another reality: that of women who suffer gender violence and during these days have to being locked up with their attacker.
UN Women warned in a report that in this emergency context “Risks of violence against women and girls increase, especially domestic violence, due to increased tensions in the home and may also increase the isolation of women. ”
“Survivors of violence may face additional obstacles to flee violent situations or access life-saving protection orders and / or essential services due to factors such as movement restrictions or quarantine.”
For this reason, many governments are taking measures in this regard, especially by reinforcing hotlines for women who may find themselves in a situation of ill-treatment.
One of the most applauded initiatives was launched by the government of the Canary Islands, in Spain. Women in danger in this Spanish region can go to the pharmacy and ask for a “Mask-19” to alert staff that they need help.
– ICI Gobcan (@IgualdadGobCan) March 17, 2020
But in many cases, women are unable to go out or cannot telephone safely to alert authorities to their situation.
Therefore, in some countries other measures have been taken, such as strengthening care on-line or by WhatsApp.
Here we present the measures that have been adopted in Spain and in several Latin American countries.
So far this year, 17 women have been murdered in Spain for gender violence.
The last sexist crime occurred on March 20: a 35-year-old woman was murdered by her partner in the midst of the state of alarm that prevails in the country, under which people are only allowed to leave their homes in special circumstances, to traveling to work or buying food and medicine.
The Spanish Ministry of Equality published a guide with recommendations for victims of gender violence and strengthened the means of care.
For information or advice you can call 016 which continues to operate normally 24 hours a day, every day of the week. You can also contact us by mail through the address [email protected].
For emergency situations, call 112 or the emergency numbers of the National Police (091) and the Civil Guard (062), which continue to provide service. All phones are free.
In addition, for psychological support, a quick service was immediately opened via WhatsApp at the numbers: 682916136/682508507.
The Chilean Ministry of Women also published a Contingency Plan that seeks to protect women who are exposed during quarantine, “since it could increase the risk of experiencing situations of violence by their partners or partners.”
The Chilean government has reinforced with more shifts the telattention phone 1455 which ensures the 24/7 attention and orientation of the users.
In addition, during this emergency period, the Women’s Centers and Shelter Houses continue to operate.
The Secretary for Women announced the strengthening of the hotline for women.
The call purple line -through the toll-free number 01 8000 112 137 or WhatsApp 300 755 18 46- provides advice and protection 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
At the Women’s Secretariat, we strengthened our services to guide and care for women during measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
– Secretariat for Women (@secredistmujer) March 20, 2020
However, if a woman is in a life-threatening situation, she should call 123 of the policia.
The Uruguayan government has also strengthened help lines for domestic violence.
“We know that in these days when we stay longer at home, risk situations for women increase,” published the Ministry of Social Development.
Women who are experiencing a situation of violence in Uruguay have the telephone guidance service available at the number 0800-4141 and * 4141 (from the cellphone). It is free, confidential, nationwide, and operates 365 days a year, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In an emergency situation, you have to call to 911.
In Argentina there is number 114 for situations of gender violence.
People in situations of violence can also communicate via WhatsApp at the numbers 11-2771-6463, 11-2775-9047 and 11-2775-9048 and by email at [email protected]
In addition, the Argentine government has urged anyone who knows of a situation of gender violence to offer their support and call the Line114, which has been reinforced in this context.
“Social isolation can increase cases of gender-based violence and it becomes a key time to build community ties and be solidarity. It is time to be protagonists, be for others and not look the other way,” reads the Twitter account of the Ministry of Women, Genders and Diversity.
If in this context you know of a situation of gender-based violence, you can help a lot, providing listening and accompaniment and also providing information on the # Line144 and its channels of attention.
Even in times of physical distance, we need each other close.
– Ministry of Women, Genders and Diversity (@MinGenerosAR) March 20, 2020
In Mexico, the general emergency care telephone number is available 911 for women who need help.
The current health situation in the country makes it more prone to #Violence toward #Women, # Girls Y #Teenagers. Remember that in any emergency you can call ☎️al # 911. No one has the right to hurt you.#AllSinViolence# SinViolenciaAsiYes pic.twitter.com/rKMXw7JHrQ
– Inmujeres Mexico (@inmujeres) March 22, 2020
However, in a country where 10 women are killed per day, some NGOs such as the National Shelter Network called for “creating support networks” for women, “as well as an intersectoral contingency plan to prevent, control and minimize these risks from a human rights, gender and intercultural perspective. “
In Peru, “all family members who observe any indication of violence should call the # Line100 to ask for support and guidance. “
“All family members who observe any indication of violence should call the # Line100 to ask for support and guidance. In the face of any act of violence, do not remain silent! Nothing justifies violence! ” @GloriaMonteneg in @atvpe.
– Ministry of Women and Pop. Vulnerable (@MimpPeru) March 23, 2020
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