Malmo – Acting on violence against women

Campaign video: “Isolation can stop the virus, but it can increase violence – seak help before it happens”

As part of its pandemic response Malmo has instigated measures such as a 24-hour helpline and counselling centres; a campaign directed to young people in the age range of 13 – 21, suffering from honour related violence on Snapchat; a follow up campaign on Facebook directed to girls and women aged 15 – 44; and sharing information at local bus stops about where perpetrators could go if they wanted help with changing their behaviour. Read more here and here

Contact: Margot Olsson

Ljubljana – Domestic violence awareness

Ljubljana is is countering a rise in domestic violence, serious injuries and femicide. The city co-finances NGOs dealing with violence, but these organisations, which provide accommodation and counselling programmes, are currently overburdened. Counsellors are using telephone and video links to remain in contact with victims and violent offenders included in the programme. The city is working with these NGOs to offer two new 24-hour hotlines to deal with increased calls at night and over the weekend.

To raise awareness, the city has published instructions on what steps to take in the event of violence, with contact information for NGOs on the city website and a municipal newsletter that is distributed to all households in Ljubljana. The city is also broadcasting messages with the hotline numbers of NGOs on LCD screens in Lekarna Ljubljana outlets and the Ljubljana Community Health Centre. LPP (Ljubljana public transport) will also be invited to show this information once restrictions on public transport are eased. More information (in Slovinian) here.

Contact: Polona Novak

Cardiff – Help for victims of domestic violence

RISE Cardiff, delivering support to those experiencing or escaping domestic violence, has adapted its ways of working to be able to continue providing full support, including accommodation, to those in need while respecting Public Health guidance. The team is available 24/7 via phone, webchat or email. You can read more here.

Contact: Beverley Watson

Madrid – Campaign against domestic violence

Madrid City Council has extended its campaign to prevent violence against women in the context of confinement due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The campaign ‘NoEstásSola’ (= you are not alone) is informing via tv, radio and digital media about where victims of violence can get support. You can read more here (in Spanish)

Contact: Ana Buñuel

Zaragoza – Support for young, old and victims of gender violence

Zaragoza is combating the mental health issues that can emerge among infants and youths from confinement with a team of specialized youth professionals from the municipal services. The service is free and can be reached by phone and e-mail. Read more (in Spanish) here.

The city is also offering support to over-65s with a daily cooked meal to be delivered to their homes in collaboration with non-profit La Caridad. Those interested can register by phone.

Zaragoza is also assisting victims of gender violence through its services at ‘La Casa de la Mujer’ along with a 24-hour emergency telephone number and a campaign so that the neighbors get involved in cases of gender violence, and bring them to the attention of the authorities. More information (in Spanish) here.

Contact: Lorena Calvo

Dusseldorf – Protection for women and children

With families spending unusually much time together bound in their homes, the incidents of domestic violence have spiked in the past weeks and days. The German city of Dusseldorf has therefore extended its accommodation facilities, shelters and protection services for women and children in need. For people suffering emotionally as a result from the corona restrictions, psychological counselling is offered via telephone hotlines.

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Nice – Tackling domestic violence

Nice has launched several measures to tackle domestic violence during the lock down. These include a telephone hotline and email address for reporting known or suspected cases, an awareness raising campaign, a partnership with pharmacies that welcome female victims of violence, and provision of emergency accommodation for women who wish to leave their homes. Read more (in French) here.

Contact: Jérôme Sieurin

Nantes – Support for victims of violence

Citad’elles, Nantes’ post-trauma consultation centre for women victims of violence remains open. The centre provides medical, psychological and material assistance to women and children that are victims of violence. Mayor Johanna Rolland has deemed the support from the centre essential during confinement. Read more here

Contact: Nicolas Joffraud

Gijón – Fighting gender violence during confinement

Gijon is thinking about women who live with their abuser 24 hours a day during the confinement. With the campaign ‘¿Es violento?  Llama tú por ella’ (Is he violent? Call for her) mayor Ana González Rodríguez calls on neighbors to denounce situations of gender violence they’re aware of. Read more (in Spanish) here

Contact: Enrique Rodríguez

Madrid – Keeping domestic violence visible

The deputy mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís, announced on Tuesday that the city council has launched a campaign against gender violence with the name #NoEstásSola to give visibility to the suffering of women who live with their abuser 24 hours a day in the period of confinement by the coronavirus.

The campaign seeks to remind victims that protection tools continue to function during the state of alarm. In addition, it will have images and videos on social networks that will include the contact details of the victim care services. Women who are assaulted can leave home to access network resources for victims of gender violence. Learn more here.

Contact: Ana Buñuel