Violent spouses separated and confined in hotels

Domestic violence has increased in France since the start of confinement. Seine-Saint-Denis therefore had the idea of ​​funding hotel rooms to remove violent companions by court order.

In order to allow the safety of victims of domestic violence during confinement, the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis decided on Monday 30 March to finance hotel rooms in which violent spouses will be forced to stay by court order. This initiative is directly linked to the Bobigny court.

"In the period of confinement, to make a woman more likely to be safe, the violent man must be ousted from the home. It is much more complicated for a woman to go with her children to the hotel ", explains to AFP Ernestine Ronai, head of the Seine-Saint-Denis Departmental Observatory on violence against women.

"With this new initiative, which we hope will be rolled out in other territories, we are ensuring the removal of violent spouses when the courts have ordered their eviction from the family home", says Stéphane Troussel, the president of the department who will finance 10 hotel rooms during the entire confinement period.

This domestic or intra-family violence has been exacerbated since the beginning of confinement to fight against the spread of the coronavirus., Some even speak of "legal confinement".

Last Thursday, Christophe Castaner, the Minister of the Interior, said that domestic violence had increased by 36% in the area of ​​the Paris police prefecture, which includes Seine-Saint-Denis. Secretary of State for Gender Equality Marlène Schiappa announced the installation of "ephemeral support points" in shopping centers to accommodate victims of domestic violence, whose movement is limited and care made complicated by confinement.
Pharmacies are also places of reception. The government has set up a system which will allow victims to report the violence to which they are subjected.

There is also a platform in France, on which 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, trained police and gendarmes take reports and they can trigger interventions in the event of domestic violence.

#UnJourMonExCeConnard: a hashtag to denounce the violence suffered by an ex

Video by Juliette Le Peillet

by Celine Peschard

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