To: Ministers responsible for domestic violence in Europe
Lives are at risk, and not just from coronavirus. Gender-based violence kills one person every few days in Europe . And with coronavirus lockdowns sweeping across Europe, victims will have nowhere to go.
People staying home and physically distancing is crucial to stop the spread of coronavirus and save lives, but for many, being stuck at home means being trapped with a violent abuser for weeks or possibly months on end, with no escape.
It’s crucial that governments set up emergency domestic violence response plans to protect victims, before this situation spirals out of control. A petition directed at ministers responsible for domestic violence across Europe could push them to prioritise this issue the way it deserves.
We call on ministers responsible for domestic violence to immediately establish and fund an emergency coronavirus-specific domestic violence prevention plan to:
If your country has established these protocols, please use your power of influence to call for the same everywhere across Europe.