PM Shmyhal: Number of domestic violence cases has doubled in a year

PM Shmyhal: Number of domestic violence cases has doubled in a year

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal believes that an increase in domestic violence cases may be linked with the coronavirus crisis.

"As the President mentioned, more than 96,000 domestic violence reports were registered in Ukraine in the first six months of 2020. This is twice as much as in the first half of 2019. This is linked, among other things, with the coronavirus crisis consequences as people stayed at home and the problem of domestic violence became extremely acute," Shmyhal said at a meeting with representatives of non-governmental and international organizations dedicated to the implementation of the state policy on combating and preventing domestic violence with the participation of President Volodymyr Zelensky, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

Our goal is to strengthen the response to this challenge, and this response must be concrete, the PM added.

As of August 1, twenty-eight shelters for domestic violence victims opened, and eleven day care centers for people in need of protection currently work. "The activity in this area will continue. Almost 400 teams of social and psychological assistance work to support the victims, and access to justice has been improved,” Shmyhal added.

As reported, President Zelensky signed a decree on urgent measures to prevent and combat domestic and gender-based violence and to protect the rights of victims of such violence.


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