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In the Oise, battered women find help ... with a simple baguette


Published in 30,000 copies, special bread bags have appeared in bakeries in Compiègne. They have for objecti

“I was surprised when I went to get some bread.

The baker handed me my baguette and I saw this violence meter on the paper pouch.

With pretty raw phrases like [He] Search your texts, Control your outings, your clothes, Call you crazy when you blame him, Make fun of you in public.

She continues to read: "Threatens to commit suicide because of you, Touch your private parts without your consent".

This Compiégnoise looks carefully at this barometer of violence against women and it makes her think.

“This is where we say to ourselves that we are lucky not to be concerned.

I may be more vigilant in the future.

I have already seen inappropriate reactions from couples, acquaintances, but I never intervened.

I always thought it was their private life.


"We must free speech and inform as much as possible"

For several weeks, the bakeries of the Imperial City have been distributing bread bags calling on victims or witnesses of domestic violence to free their word.

The numbers of the city's social workers are highlighted on this packaging to distribute it to as many people as possible.

“Bread is our daily life.

We go looking for it almost every day, underlines the first deputy mayor, Sophie Schwarz.

It is a great vehicle for conveying this strong message.

We hope that this will help a collective awareness.

We must free speech and inform as much as possible.


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This initiative started from Noisy-le-Sec (Seine-Saint-Denis), last November, in a context of increasing domestic violence due to confinements.

It was quickly relayed by the #Nous Tous collective, which raised awareness in town halls across France.

Compiègne responded to this call and, for 1,500 euros, had 30,000 bread bags published.

In the Oise, the branch of the France Victimes association recorded an increase in the care of victims of domestic violence by 29% in 2020. The interventions of the police, police and gendarmerie tend to climb for family disputes and yet, the complaints filed are falling, noted the departmental director of public security last April.

“Around 20% within the agglomerations of Creil, Compiègne and Beauvais.


145 cases of domestic violence taken care of by the police in 2020

“At the Communal Center for Social Action, we meet a varied audience and are very attentive to people's behavior to detect problems other than what they come to see us for,” says Sandrine De Figueiredo, deputy delegate for social affairs. The social worker who is at the police station has already received around fifty people since the beginning of the year in order to listen to them and direct them to the appropriate structures. "

Myriam Villette, the worker in question, handles an average of thirty new cases per month.

“I act as a relay between the police station, which takes complaints and handrails, and the professionals of the territory in order to guide the victims as well as possible.

But the one who listens without judging notices that she is not yet well identified by the public.

“I've been there since 2017, but many say to themselves that by going to the police station, there will be legal consequences.

I imagine that this hinders victims from coming to see me.

Nevertheless, it is not the case.

We must not have apprehension, it does not commit to anything.


Last year, the Compiègne police station recorded 145 cases of domestic violence, 140 women were received and 5 men.

Information: Myriam Villette:


CCAS of Compiègne:

Source: leparis

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