In the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, "confinement must not be a breeding ground for domestic violence," said Christophe Castaner during questions to the government in the National Assembly. And to concede: "We realized that, despite all the devices that have been ramping up for a year, there could still be a hole in the racket."
This is why the Minister of the Interior announced the establishment, as of Wednesday, of an alert system for victims of domestic violence during confinement. The latter will now be able to give the alert through an SMS to 114 .
"We will set up from tomorrow (Wednesday), the possibility of giving the alert by simple text message so that the internal security forces intervene," said the Minister of the Interior.
The text should be sent to "114". The operators behind this emergency SMS will then notify the police by sending them the victim's contact details.
"Call for help without being heard"
"It is a device that is initially worn by the Grenoble University Hospital, and is dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing people, allowing communication by SMS," explained Christophe Castaner again, stressing that "there are either numbers advice, either emergency numbers or chat, but if I don't have the Internet and I can't go out, what happens? "
“So there was the alert text. It allows to call for help without being heard "by the perpetrators of violence, argued the minister. This emergency SMS will be accessible to victims of domestic violence during the confinement period alone, but Christophe Castaner has already requested the arretonslesviolences.gouv.fr platform so that it can be seized in the future, also by SMS.
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"It was Laurent Wauquiez, the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, who informed me of the availability of 114 […] which will allow us to give the alert by simple text," said the minister. "It is a fight that must go beyond the political divide," he said.