International Day of Violence Against Women

What measures are in place to combat violence against women?

Publié le 23 novembre 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

In 1999, the United Nations (UN) designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On this day, awareness-raising campaigns are carried out by governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to combat violence against women. recalls the arrangements put in place to deal with this serious phenomenon.

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The Ministry of Interior published, on November 16, 2023, the domestic violence figures registered by the security services in 2022. The 244,000 victims, a 15% increase from 2021, are overwhelmingly women. The violence by their partner or ex-partner includes:

  • two thirds (65 %);
  • verbal or psychological in 30 % of cases;
  • sexual for 5%.

As in 2021, Seine-Saint-Denis, Guyane, Pas-de-Calais, Nord, and Réunion are the departments with the highest death rates recorded per 1,000 inhabitants aged 15 to 64.

A dedicated site

The site directed to call numbers or the online reporting platform of domestic violence, sexual or sexist.

3919, Violence Femmes Info

The 3919 helpline for women victims of violence is available 24/7, including for deaf and speech impaired people. This is a national listening number for:

  • women victims of violence;
  • to their entourage;
  • to the professionals concerned.

Anonymous and free, it is accessible from a fixed station and a mobile in the metropolis and in the French overseas departments. This number makes it possible to ensure listening and information, and, depending on requests, makes an appropriate referral to local support and care facilities. 3919 does not deal with emergency situations (it is not a police or gendarmerie service). The call is not on the phone bill.

The “08 victims” (08 842 846 37)

A number dedicated to all victims of violence regardless of the harm suffered. Victims or witnesses of harassment may contact the 08 Victims, 7 days a week, from 9am to 9pm. This number is not surcharged.

The Memo of Life platform

Developed under the Department of Justice, the platform Memo of Life is supported by the National Federation for Victims France Victims which brings together 130 local associations in each region, working to welcome and listen to victims. It has been created to meet your needs whether you are subject to violence, whether you are close or professional and inform you about the rights, psychological support and social support of victims.