Since the beginning of 2020 in Kyiv, the police have received more than 7,000 messages regarding domestic violence, while in the whole of 2019, the number of such complaints exceeded 6,000, the press service of the Kyiv City State Administration reports, citing the statement of the Administration's deputy chairman Maryna Khonda.
"Since the beginning of this year, 7,285 citizens have turned to the police regarding domestic violence. Of these, 6,668 women and 617 men have been injured. 1,260 prohibition orders have been issued against offenders and 2,353 administrative protocols have been drawn up," Khonda said.
However, she noted that the number of requests increased not because there was more violence during quarantine, but because this topic has ceased to be ‘forbidden’ and people are less afraid to advertise it.
She also added that despite fears, a spike in domestic violence during the quarantine period did not occur. The number of requests remains the same as it was before quarantine.
According to the Deputy Chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration, in 2019, Kyiv's law enforcers began to build a new system to combat domestic violence. The UNDP Population Fund joined the initiative, and a memorandum of cooperation was signed in October.
Together, they opened a 24-hour helpline service, where psychologists provide assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Soon, the government plans to open a crisis response room, where victims can temporarily isolate themselves from the abuser and receive the necessary assistance.
As we reported before, non-governmental organization Amnesty International notes the violation of the human rights during the imposing of quarantine restriction in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.