Christophe Castaner, France’s interior minister has reported on Thursday that reports of domestic violence across the country have jumped by more than 30 percent since the country went into lockdown on March 17th.
Castaner revealed that in Paris alone, cases have risen by 36 percent.
People in France have been forced to stay home for the last 12 days, and the lockdown has now been extended until April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, being confined at home with abusive partners is thought to have increased the risk to potential victims.
To add to that, France already has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Europe. An estimated 219,000 women aged from 18 to 75 face physical or sexual violence by their current or former partners in France every year, but only 20 percent of the cases get reported. Official figures say that on average, one woman dies of the hands of her partner or former partner every three days.
France’s interior minister said that the police will be on high alert for reports of domestic violence and abuse as the lockdown continues and that fighting domestic violence is a priority.