August 1, 2021

Despite the Grenelle against domestic violence, the number of feminicides is on the rise

Chahinez, 31, shot and burned alive on May 4 in the middle of the street in Mérignac (Gironde) by her ex-husband. Stéphanie, 22, stabbed to death by her companion near her home in Hayange (Moselle), on the night of May 23 to 24. Each time, the murderers of these two women, who respectively occupy the 39e and 43e places of the feminicides of 2021, according to the militant count made by the Facebook page Feminicides by companions or ex, were known to the police for acts of domestic violence.

Their spectacular killing, in the middle of the street, strongly marked public opinion and revived the debate on the follow-up of perpetrators and the protection of victims of domestic violence, ie 210,000 women per year. Summoned to react, the government in both cases commissioned a joint inspection mission by the Ministry of Justice and the Interior to identify the dysfunctions. Their conclusions, presented to the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, Wednesday, June 9 in the evening, were made public in the wake.

Chance of the calendar, their presentation comes at the same time as opens, Thursday in Bastia, before the Assize Court of Haute-Corse, the trial of the murderer of Julie Douib. In March 2019, the death of this mother of two, shot dead at her home in L’Ile-Rousse by her ex-companion, sparked a collective awareness against conjugal feminicides. The mobilization, at the initiative of feminist collectives, led to the organization, from September 2 to November 25 of the same year, of the Grenelle against domestic violence, bringing together the main players in the fight against violence against women.

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“The problem of repeat offenders”

About forty measures, some of which have found a legislative translation, had been announced by the government, in the hope of provoking “An electroshock”, in the words of the then Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe. Among them, the allocation of anti-reconciliation bracelets to violent men (system generalized in December 2020), 24/7 accessibility of 3919, a crisis line for women victims of violence (measure that will come into effect at the end of June), the development of a common danger assessment grid intended for the police, the creation of 1,000 accommodation places for women in 2020, the possibility for doctors to do without their patient’s agreement to issue a report to the prosecutor if they consider that she is in immediate danger …

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