Help line opens for domestic abuse victims

14th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 14, 2007 - For the first time in France a national phone number will be made available for victims of domestic abuse.

PARIS, March 14, 2007 - For the first time in France a national phone number will be made available for victims of domestic abuse.

This number is not intended for emergencies but the four digits, 3919, will link the victims to social workers whose mission is to listen, inform and help the victims find a way out of their situation.

This governmental service will be available to victims starting on March 14 and will be accompanied by a television campaign.

In 2006, a total of 168 case of murder, intentional manslaughter or lethal violent assault involving couples or former couples was committed in France.

Women are the primary victims, accounting for 82 percent of the deaths. On average, one woman is killed by her partner every three days in France.

A third of all cases take place during separation and alcohol is involved in more than a quarter of the cases.

Inactivity and personal failure also seems to play a significant role; in 60 percent of the cases the author of the crime was either unemployed, retired, or on sick leave from work.

The 3919 hotline will be the responsibility of the Fédération nationale solidarité femmes, or the National federation for women's solidarity, one of the numerous French associations who protest against violence against women.

The federation has already acquired much experience in this matter. It has been running a similar help line since 1992 and received over 15,000 calls last year.

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