Grows between the 6 in April and the 3 in May 2020 the number of women who went to an anti-violence center in the network for the first time D.i.Re to ask for support.

According to the data survey carried out by Paula Sdao e Sigrid Pisanu are 2.956 women who went to an anti-violence center of the network D.i.Re in this time. Of these 979 are women who have turned to a center D.i.Re for the first time, equal to 33 per cent of the total.

The statistical survey of the previous period - 2 March-5 April 2020 - has also been updated, with the inclusion of the data now provided overall for both periods by 82 centers of the network. D.i.Re. The total number of requests received between 2 March and 5 April rises to 2.983 women, of which only 836, or 28%, were "new" contacts.

Therefore, the number of women who went to an anti-violence center for the first time rises D.i.Re, that it goes from 836 between 2 March and 5 April to 979 between 6 April and 3 May, or 143 more, equal to an increase of 17 per cent.

“Comparing the number of requests received between April 6 and May 3, still in full lockdown, i.e. 2.956, with the number of requests received on average per month in 2018, the last year for which data collection is available, equal to 1.643, there was an overall increase in requests of 79,9 per cent”, Points out Paola Sdao.

Overall, however, the figure remains stable: between 2 March and 5 April there were 2.983 total contacts, while between 6 April and 3 May there were 2.956, just 27 fewer.

It increases slightly between March and April the percentage of women who needed shelter in shelters rose from 5 percent for the period between 2 March and 5 April at 6 per cent of the period between 6 April and 3 May 2020.

Still low, albeit growing, the number of requests received by the network's anti-violence centers D.i.Re through 1522: between 6 April and 3 May they were 4,6 percent, while they had been 3 percent in the period 2 March-5 April 2020.

“These data confirm on the one hand the worsening of violence in the constraint of quarantine, with the high concentration of requests in just one month compared to months without lockdown, on the other the importance of the relationship of trust that is created between the workers of the anti-violence centers and the women received”, He comments Antonella Veltri, President of D.i.Re.

“Furthermore, we must take into account the transformation of the modality of intervention, with a notable increase in the work of the operators to maintain an assiduous and present contact even in the distance ", he underlines Mariangela Zanni, councilor D.i.Re for the Veneto.

“It is vital to keep this data in mind now that Phase 2 begins to unfold,” adds Veltri. "Because it will be easier for women to contact or go to the refuge and the confirmed trend of requests for help received in March and April, which overall tripled compared to 2018, it gives the measure of the work that will fall on the anti-violence centers".

“In the face of the economic crisis that is emerging, it becomes even more urgent to conceive system interventions that enhance the accompaniment to autonomy and work placement that characterizes the work of anti-violence centers ”, adds Veltri.

“For this the first step is the revision of the 2014 State-Regions Agreement, so that the minimum criteria for accreditation as a refuge respect the Istanbul Convention and take into account the escape from violence as a whole, not only as legal support or intervention in emergency situations ", concludes the president of D.i.Re.


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