Equality launches an information campaign for victims of gender violence during the COVID-19 crisis

The Ministry of Equality launches an information campaign for victims of gender violence to publicize the services available to them. The campaign, which is part of the Contingency Plan against gender violence promoted by the Ministry as a result of the house confinement of Spanish society under the Royal Decree 463/2020, calls on the whole of society to work together against the scourge of sexist violence, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

With the title "We are with you. Gender violence we stand together", the campaign wants to convey to public opinion that gender violence is not a private problem, but rather a human rights violation that concerns the entire society, putting I value the work of all in the fight against sexist violence, as well as alerting to situations of violence within homes and raising awareness of good treatment during the period of confinement.

As part of the commitment to support and assist against gender violence, the campaign wants to make available to Spanish society and women in particular various general services declared essential during the state of alarm. To do this, graphic material will be distributed to neighborhood communities, municipalities, administrations, small businesses, supermarkets, pharmacies and other establishments, as well as material for social networks for all those who want to join the campaign.

Questions and answers guide

In this exceptional situation of state of alarm, the Ministry of Equality also wants to inform all women who may be experiencing a situation of sexist violence, of the new prevention actions and those that are still underway -especially if they are situations of emergency. For this, it has published the 'Action guide for women who are experiencing gender-based violence in a situation of permanent residence derived from the state of alarm by COVID 19', what questions and answers about general information; advice; psychological help; help in an emergency; and answers common questions whether you live with the aggressor or not; at the same time that it also solves the doubts about custody of possible sons and daughters in common.

The guide explains that in situations of danger or emergency due to male violence, there will be no sanction for going out on the street to ask for help or to go to any of the police, judicial or other resources. As a novelty, if immediate emotional or psychological support is needed, a chat service via instant messaging has been launched.

In turn, and as an added improvement this week, if the attacked woman has to leave the home and leave her pet with the aggressor; and taking into account that in most of the reception and emergency services pets are not allowed, the General Directorate for Animal Rights, in collaboration with the Ministry of Equality, has launched a service telephone to manage safe spaces for animals.

The guide reminds that the 016 telephone continues to operate normally 24 hours a day, every day of the week. It can ask for advice on available resources and the rights of victims of gender-based violence, as well as legal advice from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week, with assistance in 52 languages ​​and a service adapted to possible situations of disability.

On the other hand, also remember that in an emergency situation you can call 112 or the emergency numbers of the National Police (091) and the Civil Guard (062), who are still on duty. In case it is not possible to make a call and in a dangerous situation, you can use the application ALERTCOPS, from which an alert signal will be sent to the police with geolocation.

Autonomous communities

On the other hand, in the extraordinary meeting of the Technical Commission of the Sectoral Conference on Equality carried out by videoconference, the Delegation against Gender Violence, in coordination with the Autonomous Communities, has updated resources, both face-to-face and non-face-to-face, against gender violence available in the current situation. During the meeting the protocols and obligations were reviewed, emphasizing the fact that all services are considered essential and therefore must be kept at the same level during the state of alarm.

Thus, he transferred to the company that provides the 016 service, which will carry it out in the teleworking modality, in order not to refer victims to inoperative services and in turn establish a plan with sufficient resources to protect women during the crisis. sanitary.

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