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Domestic Violence Resources In The European Union

Addressing the Silent Pandemic: Domestic Violence in the European Union

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across Europe, leaving devastation in its wake, another insidious crisis quietly took hold: domestic violence. Contrary to common misconceptions, this scourge knows no gender bounds, with men and women alike falling victim to its relentless grip.


Domestic Violence Resources Across World Regions


In the European Union, the pandemic acted as a catalyst for an alarming surge in domestic violence cases, shining a harsh spotlight on the pervasive nature of abuse within intimate relationships. Designated hotlines in countries like Spain witnessed a staggering 47% increase in women reaching out for help, accompanied by a shocking 700% surge in online approaches from victims.


Domestic Violence Resources In The European Union
Domestic Violence Resources In The European Union

Similarly, Austria saw a 40% uptick in calls for assistance, while France reported a 36% increase in police interventions for cases involving abused women and children since the outbreak.


For many survivors, the pandemic-induced lockdowns and mobility restrictions proved to be a double-edged sword, confining them to their homes with their abusers and exacerbating the barriers to seeking help. In France and Spain, where lockdown measures were particularly stringent, women resorted to desperate measures, reaching out to pharmacists for assistance when venturing out to procure essential medications.


Domestic Violence Resources


In the face of this crisis, it is imperative that we take action to support survivors and break the cycle of abuse. Whether you are a victim yourself or know someone who is, there are resources available to help navigate the complexities of domestic violence and secure the assistance needed.


Across the European Union, a network of support services stands ready to provide essential assistance to survivors, offering counseling, shelter, and legal advocacy to those in need. Hotlines staffed by trained professionals offer a lifeline to individuals grappling with the trauma of abuse, providing a safe space to seek guidance and support.


By harnessing the power of these resources and reaching out for help, survivors can reclaim their autonomy and begin the journey towards healing and recovery. As allies, it is incumbent upon us to lend our support, amplify survivors' voices, and advocate for systemic change to address the root causes of domestic violence.


Together, let us stand united in the fight against domestic violence, forging a future where every individual is free from the fear and oppression of abuse. For in solidarity lies our strength, and in compassion lies our hope for a brighter tomorrow.


Domestic Violence Resources in Europe


Albania

Women

Andorra

Everyone

Austria

Women

Belarus

Everyone

National Hotline for Survivors of Domestic Violence


phone: 8801 100 8801

Belgium


 

Women

Crisis Situation Helpline


phone: 0800/30.030


phone: 106 (Flemish)


phone: 107 (French)


phone: 108 (German)

Adults

Ecoutes Violences Conjugales (French)


phone: 0800 30 030


Violence Hotline (Flemish)


phone: 1712

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Women & Children (under 18)

SOS Line for Women and Children


phone: 1264 (Republika Srpska)


phone: 1265 (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina)


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Bulgaria

Women

Women’s Helpline


phone: 359 2 981 7686

Croatia

Women

Cyprus

Everyone

Czech Republic

Everyone

DONA Line


phone: +420 251 51 13 13

Denmark

Women

LOKK Hotline


phone: +45 70 20 30 82

Estonia

Women

Tugitelefon


phone: 1492

Finland

Women

France

Women

Violences Femmes Info


phone: 3919


Viols Femmes Information


phone: 0800 05 95 95

Georgia

Everyone

Germany

Women

National Women’s Helpline


phone: 08000 116 016

Greece


Women

Adult

Hungary

Women & Children (under 18)

NaNE Helpline for Battered Women and Children


phone: 06 80 505 101

Iceland

Everyone

Ireland

Everyone

Italy

Everyone

Kosovo

Everyone

Direct Line for Victims of Violence


(Albanian) (Bosnian)


phone: 0800 11112


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SOS Linja


phone: 381 39 033 00 98

Latvia

Everyone

Crisis Helpline


phone: 67222922

Liechtenstein

Women

Women’s Helpline Frauenhaus


phone: 423 380 02 03

Lithuania

Women

Luxembourg

Women

Fraentelefon


phone: 12 344

Macedonia

Everyone

National SOS Line – Phone of Trust


phone: 15 315


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SOS National Mobile Line


phone: 389 75 141 700


phone: 389 77 141 700

Malta

Everyone

Appogg Agency Supportline


phone: 179

Moldova

Everyone

Trust Line


phone: 8008 8008

Montenegro

Everyone

SOS Helpline For Victims of Violence


phone: 080 111 111


phone: 202 322 54

Netherlands

Everyone

Veilig Thuis


phone: 0800 2000

Norway

Everyone

Crisis Situation Helpline


phone: 800 40 008

Poland

Everyone

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


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Portugal

Everyone

Romania

Women

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


0256 29 3183

Russia

Everyone

San Marino

Women

Rosa Hotline

phone: 800 738 738

Serbia

Women

Network of Women’s Hotline in Vojvodina


0800 10 10 10

Everyone

Slovakia

Women

Slovenia

Women & Children (under 18)

Spain

Everyone

Sweden

Everyone

Kvinnofridslinjen


020 50 50 50


Terrafem


020 52 1010

Switzerland

Everyone

Dargebotene Hand


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Ukraine

Everyone


How can I tell if someone is being abused?

Recognizing and responding to signs of abuse is crucial in providing support to those who may be in danger. Here’s a summary of the steps you can take to help someone you suspect is being abused:

  • Be observant: Pay attention to subtle signs such as isolation from friends and family, financial control, and reluctance to discuss their relationship.

  • Listen without judgment: Offer a supportive ear and avoid pressuring the victim to take action. Understand that leaving an abusive situation can be complex and dangerous.

  • Make an anonymous report: If you witness or suspect ongoing abuse, don’t hesitate to call the authorities. Your intervention could save a life.

  • Reach out to support services: Refer the victim to organizations equipped to handle cases of abuse. These services can provide guidance and assistance while respecting confidentiality.

  • Avoid contact with the abuser: Refrain from confronting the perpetrator directly. Leave intervention to trained professionals to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

  • Maintain confidentiality: Respect the privacy of the victim by keeping any disclosures or reports confidential. Avoid sharing details on social media, as it could compromise the victim’s safety.

By following these steps, you can offer vital support to those experiencing abuse while minimizing risks to yourself and the victim. Remember that your actions can make a difference in helping someone escape a dangerous situation.


Violence Prevention and Self Defense Techniques

The Center for Violence Prevention and Self Defense (CVPSD) is a non profit 501(C)(3) with a mission to stop violence by educating at-risk people and empower them with the skills needed to protect themselves by providing online and live training. 


Through workshops and seminars we educate participants about violence prevention and guide them on assessing risk factors while establishing boundaries in relationships. Additionally practical self defense classes equip people with hands on skills and effective strategies to prevent and intervene in cases of assault. CVPSD reaches individuals and communities through partnerships with schools and other nonprofits, community groups, as well as classes for the public.

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