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International Domestic Violence Resource Guide: Coronavirus Update

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Domestic violence exploded during the first two months of the Coronavirus outbreak. In the U.S., there was a 30% increase of spousal/partner abuse towards women, and the U.K. saw a similar increase as well – 25%; and still – There is no updated, comprehensive resource that tells you where to go if you are suffering such horrible violence, or know someone who is a victim.

Such a resource is critical, as there are abusive partners that use the plague itself as a tool of terror. In many cases, they withhold medication, insurance cards, and even the ability to go purchase hand sanitizer from their victims – all while public health procedures, such as mass quarantines, prevent any chance of escape; this is on top of the pre-existing threat of violence that constantly looms over their heads.

Sadly, you can’t trust the government either. Social Services aren’t getting the necessary funds in these times and non-profit rescue organizations can’t do it alone. It is our duty to help the victims of this viciousness, and to not forget that the victims are women, men, and children alike.

In this guide, you will find every possible contact and useful tips that will help you to stop being a bystander, take action, and save lives (without putting your own at risk).

United States: The next murder is around the corner

Domestic Abuse has been outrageously common in the USA, long before the Coronavirus plague. In fact, 50% of women visiting emergency rooms nationwide have a history of abuse, and 40% of those murdered by their abuser tried to get help in the last 2 years before their death. In too frequent of circumstances, they didn’t get enough help from their surroundings – and in these times of lockdowns and mobility limitations, it’s even harder for them to reach out. According to recent research, Domestic Violence has increased by 30% in the U.S. during March and April alone.

It seems the next murder is right around the corner. The U.S. has seen an increase in violent risk factors: Gun sales reached a 7-year peak, with 1.9 million firearms sold in March 2020 alone; and liquor sales also rocketed by 31.7% in the same period, in comparison to 2019.

These contacts can help stop the next death and save a person’s life.

National Domestic Violence Hotlines

  • Break the Silence Survivor Helpline
    phone: 1 (855) 287-1777
    message on Facebook
  • DoD Safe Helpline (for military members & their families)
    phone: 1 (877) 995-5247
  • National Dating Abuse Helpline
    phone: 1 (866) 331-9474
    message on Facebook
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline
    phone: 1 (800) 799-7233
    phone: 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
    message on Facebook
  • VictimConnect
    phone: 1 (855) 484-2846

United Kingdom: You can’t trust the government

The 25% jump in U.K. abuse reports isn’t surprising. A recent study shows that the pandemic exposed severe flaws in the government’s approach to domestic abuse.

Funds promised to services who support victims of Domestic Abuse back in October 2019 have not yet been supplied. This is surprising, considering the Government signed the Istanbul Convention in 2012 to reaffirm the U.K.’s strong commitment to tackle violence against women and girls. In reality, most of the U.K.’s 48 support services had to shut down at least one of their support channels. Abuse victim shelters are nearing full capacity, and the Coronavirus outbreak made everything worse – particularly for Asian, Black, and other minority victims.

We need to take the initiative and help people ourselves. This list will show you contacts that are still available and can help save lives today.

Domestic Violence Hotlines Across the U.K.

  • Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline
    phone: 0808 200 0247
  • Galop (for the LGBTQ community)
    phone: 0800 999 5428
    message on Facebook
  • Live Fear Free Helpline (Wales)
    phone: 0808 801 0800
  • Men’s Advice Line
    phone: 0808 801 0327
    message on Facebook
  • Respect Phoneline
    phone: 0808 802 4040
    message on Facebook
  • Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Force Marriage Helpline (Scotland)
    phone: 0800 027 1234
  • Scottish Women’s Aid (Scotland)
    phone: 0131 226 6606
  • Women’s Aid Federation (Northern Ireland)
    phone: 0800 917 1414
    message on Facebook

European Union: Most victims don’t know where to turn

As the Coronavirus Plague’s hit grew hard in Europe, cases of Domestic Violence simply skyrocketed.

Designated hotlines in Spain reported a 47% increase in women calling for help and a shocking 700% increase in online approaches from victims. Calls for help increased by 40% in Austria, and in France there’s been a 36% increase in police interventions for cases of abused women and children since the outbreak.

Being locked in with their abuser made calling for help harder than ever. Women in France and Spain had no choice, and began asking for help from pharmacists when they managed to go out to get medications. You can help make a difference by utilizing these contacts – whether you’re a victim of Domestic Abuse in the E.U. yourself or know somebody there who is being abused.

Domestic Violence Hotlines in European Countries

  • Albania
    Women and Girls Advice Line (Linja e Keshillimit per Gra dhe Vajza)
    phone: 116
    message on Facebook
  • Andorra
    Servei d’Atenció a les Víctimes de Violència Domèstica i Familiar
    phone: 181
  • Austria
    Women’s Helpline Against Violence (Wiener Interventionsstelle gegen Gewalt in der Familie)
    phone: 0800 222 555
    message on Facebook
  • Belarus
    National Hotline for Survivors of Domestic Violence
    phone: 8801 100 8801
  • Belgium
    Crisis Situation Helpline
    phone: 106 (Flemish)
    phone: 107 (French)
    phone: 108 (German)
    Ecoutes Violences Conjugales (French)
    phone: 0800 30 030
    Violence Hotline (Flemish)
    phone: 1712
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    SOS Line for Women and Children
    phone: 1264 (Republika Srpska)
    phone: 1265 (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    message on Facebook
  • Bulgaria
    Women’s Helpline
    phone: 359 2 981 7686
  • Croatia
    Autonomous Women’s House in Zagreb
    phone: 0800 55 44
  • Cyprus
    Center for Emergency Assistance Helpline
    phone: 1440
  • Czech Republic
    DONA Line
    phone: +420 251 51 13 13
  • Denmark
    LOKK Hotline
    phone: +45 70 20 30 82
  • Estonia
    Tugitelefon
    phone: 1492
  • Finland
    Women’s Line (Naisten Linja)
    phone: 358-800-02400
    message on Facebook
  • France
    Violences Femmes Info
    phone: 3919
    Viols Femmes Information
    phone: 0800 05 95 95
  • Germany
    National Women’s Helpline
    phone: 08000 116 016
  • Greece
    E.K.K.A. (National Center for Social Solidarity)
    phone: 197
    message on Facebook
    General Secretariat for Gender Equality
    phone: 15 900
    message on Facebook
  • Hungary
    NaNE Helpline for Battered Women and Children
    phone: 06 80 505 101
  • Iceland
    Kvennaathvarfið Shelter Helpline
    phone: 561 1205
  • Ireland
    National Freephone Helpline
    phone: 1800-341-900
    message on Facebook
  • Italy
    Antiviolenza Donne
    phone: 1522
    message on Facebook
  • Kosovo
    Direct Line for Victims of Violence (Albanian) (Bosnian)
    phone: 0800 11112
    message on Facebook
    SOS Linja
    phone: 381 39 033 00 98
  • Latvia
    Crisis Helpline
    phone: 67222922
  • Liechtenstein
    Women’s Helpline Frauenhaus
    phone: 423 380 02 03
  • Lithuania
    Women’s Line (Lygus)
    phone: 8800 66 366
    message on Facebook
  • Luxembourg
    Fraentelefon
    phone: 12 344
  • Macedonia
    National SOS Line – Phone of Trust
    phone: 15 315
    message on Facebook
    SOS National Mobile Line
    phone: 389 75 141 700
    phone: 389 77 141 700
  • Malta
    Appogg Agency Supportline
    phone: 179
  • Moldova
    Trust Line
    phone: 8008 8008
  • Montenegro
    SOS Helpline For Victims of Violence
    phone: 080 111 111
    phone: 202 322 54
  • Netherlands
    Veilig Thuis
    phone: 0800 2000
  • Norway
    Crisis Situation Helpline
    phone: 800 40 008
  • Poland
    National Emergency Service for Survivors of Family Violence
    phone: 801 12 00 02
    National Emergency Service for Survivors of Family Violence – Blue Line
    phone: 22 668 70 00
    message on Facebook
  • Portugal
    Serviço de Informação às Vitimas de Violéncia Doméstica
    phone: 800 202 148
  • Romania
    ADRA (Bucharest)
    phone: 021 25 25 117
    Baia Mare: Centru Artemis
    phone: 0262 25 07 70
    CMSC (Iasi)
    phone: 023 225 29 20
    Sensi Blue Foundation (Bucharest)
    phone: 021 311 46 36
    Sibiu: A.L.E.G.
    phone: 075 389 35 31
    Targu Mures: IEESR
    phone: 026 521 16 99
    Timisoara: APFR
    phone: 0256 29 3183
  • Russia
    ANNA (National Center for the Prevention of Violence)
    phone: 8 800 7000 600
  • Serbia
    Helpline for Victims of Domestic Violence
    phone: 0800 100 600
    Network of Women’s Hotline in Vojvodina
    phone: 0800 10 10 10
  • Slovakia
    National Line for Women Surviving Violence
    phone: 0800 212 212
    message on Facebook
  • Slovenia
    SOS Helpline for Women and Children
    phone: 080 11 55
    message on Facebook
  • Spain
    Helpline for Information on Gender Violence
    phone: 016
    message on Facebook
  • Sweden
    Kvinnofridslinjen
    phone: 020 50 50 50
    Terrafem
    phone: 020 52 1010
  • Switzerland
    Dargebotene Hand
    phone: 143
  • Turkey
    Hürriyet Emergency Domestic Violence Hotline
    phone: 90 212 656 9696
    Social Service Counseling Line
    phone: 183
  • Ukraine
    Domestic Violence Counteraction and Child Rights Protection Hotline
    phone: 0800 500 335
    phone: 0800 500 336
    message on Facebook

Additional Global Domestic Violence Hotlines & Resources

  • Afghanistan
    Afghan Women’s Resource Center
    phone: +93 799 203 056
    phone: +93 700 280 179
    message on Facebook
  • Angola
    phone: 260 665 9191
  • Antigua and Barbuda
    phone: 268 463 5555
  • Argentina
    phone: 11 3133 1000
    message on Facebook
  • Armenia
    Women’s Support Center
    phone: 099 887 808
    message on Facebook
  • Australia
    1800 RESPECT
    phone: 1 800 737 732
    message on Facebook
  • Azerbaijan
    phone: 99 412 408 5696
  • Bahamas
    phone: 1 800 737 732
    message on Facebook
  • Bahrain
    Information Centre for Women and Children
    phone: 17262237
    message on Facebook
  • Bangladesh
    phone: 109
  • Belize
    Cornerstone Foundation
    phone: 222 4343
  • Benin
    Courants de Femmes
    phone: 806 254 0376
  • Bhutan
    Information Centre for Women and Children
    phone: (975) 2 332159/334751
  • Bolivia
    Casa del Mujer
    phone: 591 4 663 8517
    message on Facebook
  • Botswana
    Humana People to People
    phone: (267) 3900516/7659
    message on Facebook
  • Botswana
    Humana People to People
    phone: (267) 3900516/7659
    message on Facebook
  • Brazil
    SOS Ação Mulher e Família
    phone: 180
  • Brunei
    phone: 673 340524
  • Burkina Faso
    phone: 226 31 30 52
  • Burundi
    phone: +257 22 23 53 78
    message on Facebook
  • Cabo Verde
    phone: 941 780 2232
    message on Facebook
  • Cambodia
    Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center
    phone: 1288
  • Cameroon
    phone: 267 220 52 94
  • Canada
    Alberta Council of Women
    phone: 1 800 363 9010
    message on Facebook
  • Central African Republic
    phone: 610600
  • Chad
    phone: 0235 66 77 50 35
    message on Facebook
  • Chile
    Red Chilena Contra la Violencia Hacia las Mujeres
    phone: 800 104 008
    message on Facebook
  • Colombia
    phone: 01 8000 52 2020
  • Comoros
    phone: 0269 773 46 63
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    phone: (267) 220 52 94
  • Republic of the Congo
    phone: 05 548 59 95
  • Costa Rica
    Cefemina
    phone: 506 2224 3986
    message on Facebook
  • Djibouti
    Union Nationale des Femmes de Djibouti
    phone: 35 04 21/35 19 81
  • Dominica
    phone: (767) 266-3023/3344/3083
  • Dominican Republic
    phone: *212
    message on Facebook
  • Ecuador
    phone: 098 63 62 526
    message on Facebook
  • El Savador
    Organización de Mujeres Salvadoreñas por la Paz
    phone: 503 2556 0032
    message on Facebook
  • Eritrea
    National Union of Eritrean Women
    phone: 291 1 185636
    message on Facebook
  • Eswatini
    Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse
    phone: 95
    message on Facebook
  • Ethiopia
    phone: (11) 124 2998/123 0777
    message on Facebook
  • Fiji
    Fiji Women’s Crisis Center
    phone: 3313 300
    message on Facebook
  • Georgia
    Anti-Violence Network of Georgia
    phone: 309 903
    message on Facebook
  • Grenada
    phone: 473 440 3788
    message on Facebook
  • Guatemala
    Fundación Sobrevivientes
    phone: 2285 0100/0139
    message on Facebook
  • Guinea
    phone: 60 28-11-89
  • Guyana
    Fundación Sobrevivientes
    phone: (592) 227-3454
  • Haiti
    Anti-Violence Network of Georgia
    phone: (509) 2 45 5174/4221
    message on Facebook
  • Honduras
    phone: 114
  • India
    Zariya
    phone: 1091 / 1291
    message on Facebook
  • Indonesia
    Komnas Perempuan
    phone: (0274) 553333
  • Georgia
    Anti-Violence Network of Georgia
    phone: 309 903
    message on Facebook
  • Georgia
    Anti-Violence Network of Georgia
    phone: 309 903
    message on Facebook
  • Iran
    Organization for Defending Victims of Violence
    phone: 21 88 96 30 91
    message on Facebook
  • Iraq
    phone: 110
    message on Facebook
  • Israel
    phone: 1202
    message on Facebook
  • Jamaica
    Woman Inc. Crisis Centre
    phone: 929 9038
    message on Facebook
  • Japan
    Women’s Resource Center
    phone: 092 513 7333
  • Jordan
    The Jordanian National Commission for Women
    phone: 6 568 7037
    message on Facebook
  • Kenya
    Coalition on Violence Against Women
    phone: 733 594 794
    message on Facebook
  • Kiribati
    phone: 26187
  • Kyrgyzstan
    phone: 281 455
  • Laos
    phone: 1362
  • Lebanon
    Lebanese Council for Combating Violence Against Women
    phone: 6 624 060
    message on Facebook
  • Liberia
    phone: 919 527 0517
    message on Facebook
  • Marshall Islands
    Women United Together Marshall Islands
    phone: +692 625 5290
    message on Facebook
  • Mauritius
    SOS Femmes
    phone: 139
  • Mexico
    phone: 1 800 911 2511
    message on Facebook
  • Morocco
    phone: (212) 2 82 64 00/01
    message on Facebook
  • Myanmar
    Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation
    message on Facebook
  • Namibia
    phone: 081 127 1002/3
  • Nepal
    The Women’s Foundation Nepal
    phone: +977 1 515 5080
    message on Facebook
  • New Zealand
    Shine
    phone: 0508 744 633
    message on Facebook
  • Nicaragua
    phone: 118
    message on Facebook
  • New Zealand
    Shine
    phone: 0508 744 633
    message on Facebook
  • Niger
    phone: 227 74 12 55
  • Nigeria
    WACOL
    phone: (234) 09091333000
  • Papua New Guinea
    phone: 71508000
  • Paraguay
    phone: 137
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    phone: 869 469 1887
    message on Facebook
  • Saint Lucia
    St. Lucia Crisis Centre Corporation
    phone: 202
  • Samoa
    Samoa Victims Support
    phone: 68522640
    message on Facebook
  • San Marino
    phone: 800 738 738
  • Saudi Arabia
    phone: 1919
  • Senegal
    Comite de Lutte Contre Les Violences Faites Aux Femmes
    phone: 221 33 941 44 11
  • Seychelles
    phone: 248 224 455
  • Sierra Leone
    phone: 240 215
    message on Facebook
  • Singapore
    Aware
    phone: 18007775555
  • Solomon Islands
    phone: 677 26999
  • Somalia
    Save Somali Women And Children – SSWC
    phone: +252 6184 72202
    message on Facebook
  • South Africa
    Frida Hartley Shelter
    phone: 0800 150 150
    message on Facebook
  • South Korea
    Korea Women’s Hotline
    phone: 1366
    message on Facebook
  • Sri Lanka
    phone: 94 11 4 715585
  • Sudan
    phone: 9696
    message on Facebook
  • Suriname
    Stop Violence Against Women Foundation
    phone: +597 470 0380
  • Taiwan
    phone: 113
  • Tajikistan
    Project on Prevention of Domestic Violence
    phone: (91) 1892 221 527/198
  • Tanzania
    Kiwohede
    phone: 0800 780 100
    message on Facebook
  • Thailand
    phone: 02 276 2950
  • Timor-Leste
    phone: 390 321 534
  • Tonga
    Women & Children Crisis Center Tonga
    phone: +676 222 40
    message on Facebook
  • Trinidad and Tobago
    phone: 800 7283
  • Tunisia
    phone: (216) 7189 0011
  • Uruguay
    Red Uruguaya Contra la Violencia Doméstica y Sexual
    phone: 0800 4141
    message on Facebook
  • Vanuatu
    phone: +678 25764
    message on Facebook
  • Venezuela
    Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas
    phone: 0800-MUJERES (6853737)
    message on Facebook
  • Vietnam
    phone: (971) 34 36/31 43
  • Yemen
    phone: 1 415 814
  • Zambia
    phone: 1 25 52 04
    message on Facebook

How can I tell if someone is being abused?

It’s not always clear. In many cases, you can hear the fights, pangs of violence, cries, or see a victim with bruises – while in many other cases, you won’t be close enough for that.

There are critical indications you can be aware of, however, and know when you’re talking to a person in need of help.

For example: A person who said their abuser – a spouse, family member, or other type of partner – doesn’t let them communicate with their children, family, or friends, using Coronavirus as an excuse. Another indication is a person who has no financial control over their own life and can’t spend any money without approval from their partner – not even for an office gift or a lunch. One more possible indication is a person who just won’t speak about their relationship or partner at all, mostly out of fear of repercussions.

What can I do to help?

Remember that many cases of Domestic Abuse end in murder. They also more frequently include rape, severe injuries, and unimaginable emotional scars – including (and often especially) for the children in the household. Therefore, it is your duty to help the authorities get to the victims and end their nightmare. This is how you’ll do it without risking your own life.

  1. Don’t push the victim.
    Sometimes it seems odd that an abused wife won’t file a complaint against her husband to end her suffering – and people will just pressure her to do so. Remember that you don’t know what the victim has gone through, and reporting the abuse might be horrifying for them. Sometimes they try to protect their abuser out of fear, or a feeling that they deserve such abuse. Therefore, they will need your help – and not a lecture about how they need to stop suffering and help themselves.
  2. Don’t be afraid to make an anonymous report.
    Call the police if you hear an active, ongoing incident – you might very well be saving that victim’s life.
  3. Call a support service.
    Every one of the services listed here are well-trained in cooperating with the police, social services, and other relevant bodies. They can give you advice regarding the specific case at hand, and contact the victim themselves without mentioning you at all.
  4. Avoid the abuser.
    You’re trying to help a victim by getting the right professionals on the case, not by taking the law into your own hands or getting into trouble. Don’t talk to the abuser, even if you’re well acquainted, and don’t threaten them. Leave them for the cops and legal system.
  5. Keep things confidential.
    While helping a person in need is grounds for praise in social media, it might also expose that case and cause new or additional hardships for the victim. Also, a person who’s fishing for praise on Facebook or Twitter might play into the hands of the abuser’s lawyers, saying your report was dishonest as you were in it only to gain likes and popularity.

sources:
https://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/publications/2020/04/policy-brief-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-women
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/europe/domestic-violence-coronavirus-lockdown-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/apr/28/three-women-killed-in-spain-as-coronavirus-lockdown-sees-rise-in-domestic-violence
https://www.wcpo.com/news/coronavirus/number-of-domestic-violence-hotline-calls-on-the-rise-since-self-isolation-period-started

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