According to France’s interior minister, Christophe Castanier, reports of domestic violence increased up to 30 percent and only in Paris up to 36 percent, since the country’s lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 started on March 17.
During this period, many women who abused, went into pharmacies to call for help. Furthermore, the number of victims is expected to rise due to the extension of the lockdown until April 15. To point out, France already has the highest rates of domestic violence in Europe.
One in three women are killed by a partner or ex-partner, while only 20 percent of the victims denounce the incident. Castanier says that police will be alert during the lockdown for these cases and every woman can call for help with the number 3919.
It is true that many afraid of a breakout of divorces after the coronavirus threat will be over, owing to the quarantine and the social part of our lives is canceled because socializing is the medicine against routine.
The case of domestic violence, on the other hand, through those tough times (not only for the present but as well as for our future), can bring into existence a deeper cause of this brutal attitude. The crux here is that whole situation, emerges a state of panic and terror for our survival. For this reason, this “state of exception” can cause a traumatic experience in the human ego.
All in all, If COVID-19 may teach us something, that is solidarity. Solidarity is the keyword that makes us stay united and suspends the fear if we want to make the earth a better place.