Hotel rooms for violent spouses

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Hotel rooms for violent spouses


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Created in the urgency of confinement, the platform that facilitates eviction from the home of violent spouses should be perpetuated after the end of July, it says in the office of Marlène Schiappa.


Morgane Dupoux was satisfied when leaving the Toulouse courthouse on the evening of April 23: her client Fedhlun A., suspected of having raped his wife, escaped pretrial detention thanks to his pleadings. He is at large under judicial supervision. “I left him advising him to call 115, he had no place to sleep, says the Toulouse lawyer. The next morning, I found him at the bus stop in court . He slept there. ” The following night, the 45-year-old man, against whom the judge ordered the eviction of the home, passed her into a metro station. Me Dupoux rushes into the office of the duty prosecutor. And a few hours later, she drives her client to a hotel in the city center, where he lives while awaiting trial on Wednesday.

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The magic wand? A call for a platform created on April 6, when the problem of domestic violence becomes urgent with confinement, to allow emergency accommodation of suspects or convicts who no longer have the right to live at home, with their victim . In Toulouse, nine men are accommodated at the hotel thanks to this device.

Guarantee to the victim “that the spouse does not return home”

“It meets a real need here, says Elsa Servant, vice-prosecutor who has seen police custody and deferrals for domestic violence increased over the past two months. This allows the victim to be sure that the spouse does not return not at home. Sometimes a magistrate pronounces an eviction but there is no accommodation available; men find themselves paying for the hotel or sleeping in their car. go home … and it starts all over again. ” Before the platform, “it was a bit of DIY, recognizes Elsa Servant. We asked the police to contact the author’s relatives to possibly house him, or the town halls to install them in vacant accommodation” .

If we can avoid adding to the victim the trauma of leaving their home, it’s better

The platform was also born from a paradigm shift. Since the Grenelle against domestic violence at the end of 2019 and the proposals of the Justice group chaired by Isabelle Rome, high official for gender equality, it is recognized that taking care of the perpetrators makes it possible to protect the victims. And, pleads Jules Boyadjian of the SOS group which manages the platform, “if we can avoid adding to the victim the trauma of leaving his home, it’s better”. However, he continues, if the principle of the eviction of the violent spouse is now a declared will, “accommodation is clearly a blind spot of care. Some parquet floors, like in Saintes (Charentes-Maritimes) or in Douai (North), have a proactive policy, forging strong links with associations, but more often than not, there are not enough places. “

81 men are hosted today via the platform

Since April, the State Secretariat for Gender Equality has funded more than 20,000 hotel nights for violent spouses; 81 men are hosted today via the platform. The device is extended until the end of July, for “a budget of 150,000 euros”, according to Jules Boyadjian. It should be perpetuated thereafter, one indicates to the cabinet of Marlène Schiappa.

The idea is to refine the care: “The person should be able to participate financially in their accommodation, for economic reasons but also for accountability”, says Isabelle Rome. The high magistrate plans to couple the forced eviction from the home to the establishment of a “reinforced follow-up” of the men, in particular psychological. “To fight recidivism, men must be able to think about their act, abounds Jules Boyadjian. A classic judicial review is not enough.” The Justice group, which continues to meet (by videoconference) several months after the end of the Grenelle, launched an evaluation of the effectiveness of all the arrangements for taking charge of violent spouses.

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