How common is domestic violence in Canada

Silent cry for help on the laptop for victims of domestic violence

There are still no reliable figures for the year 2020 in the area of ​​domestic violence, but the pandemic is expected to increase. Between 2015 and 2019, the number of victims rose by 11.2 percent to over 141,000. In 2019, 81 percent of the victims were female, according to the criminal statistics analysis of the Federal Criminal Police Office. The pandemic has been banning people into their own four walls for a long time through the lockdown. At the end of October, the White Ring reported ten percent more cases, the number against Kummer had an increase of 59 percent by September 2020 compared to the previous year.

Three steps to the gesture

Because social isolation makes it more difficult for victims to draw attention to themselves, the Canadian Women's Foundation has thought of a gesture to raise awareness of domestic violence. Since April 2020, those affected can silently call for help in video calls, even when their partner is in the room. All you have to do is hold one hand with an open palm in the camera, spread your thumb inward so that it lies in the palm of your hand and then clasp your thumb with the other fingers. In a video, the organization explains how the gesture is carried out.

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The Canadian Women's Organization suggests asking questions that can be answered with yes or no when seeing the sign. This should minimize the risk if someone else is in the room. However, it is important that the other wear headphones to prevent the possible perpetrator in the room from listening in. In addition to the question of whether the emergency number should be called, it is advisable to contact the person concerned using other means of communication that do not allow reading or listening and to ask him how he can be helped.

The gesture has no special meaning, writes the Canadian organization on its website, not even in sign language. Nevertheless, the context of the gesture should be considered and, if necessary, asked whether the gesture has been interpreted correctly.

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The gesture is intended to make it easier for victims to call for help

The Women's Foundation wants to use the symbol to create an offer for victims, but also knows that they are sometimes monitored by the perpetrator or that they might know the meaning of the gesture. More than 40 organizations in the USA and Canada have now adopted this symbol and recommend it to others. In addition to the gesture that can enable an emergency call, there are also two telephone numbers in Germany for victims of domestic violence. For women, the number 08000 116 016 can be reached free of charge at any time. For men, call 0800 123 9900.

The Women's Foundation was founded in 1991 by Canadian Senator Nancy Ruth and her friend Susan Woods. It stands up for women of all genders, promotes them economically, supports victims of violence and empowers them for management tasks.

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