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Marchers in France Demand Attention to Domestic Violence

Hundreds of thousands of marchers across France dressed in purple and called on their local authorities and the government to do more for survivors of violence.

People in multiple cities across France are marching to demand more attention be paid to the problem of domestic violence. Protesters could be heard shouting in French: "Solidarity with women around the world!"

Using the hashtag #NousToutes, or “All of Us,” hundreds of thousands of marchers dressed in purple and called on their local authorities and the government to do more for survivors of violence. 

Police said 30,000 people came out for the march in Paris, but the organization Nous Toutes Association estimates the crowds closer to 100,000.

An AFP investigation revealed that about one woman in France is killed by her current or former partner every three days. Marital violence reportedly affects at least 220,000 women every year in France, and at least 115 women have reportedly been killed in acts of domestic violence since the start of 2019. Advocacy groups say that number is higher. 

On Monday, after three months of discussions on how to handle the rise of domestic violence, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced new plans that will go into effect January 2020. Some of the measures include: “suspending the parental authority” from violent fathers, having mandatory training on gender equality for teachers, and providing the “opportunity for doctors to waive medical secrecy” in cases of abuse. 

More than 400 police stations are currently being examined to see how reports of domestic violence are handled in the country. 
 

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