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Warsaw says “No” to violence against women

published: 2019-11-29 08:06, mlan

„Przemoc karmi się milczeniem. Nie bądź biernym widzem” (“Violence feeds on silence. Stop looking and take action”) – this is the guiding theme of the city’s new campaign to run between 25 November and 10 December.

The campaign will be taken out into the city and run through various public communication channels to draw attention to the most common form of violence against women in Poland – domestic violence and sexual violence.

Warsaw should provide abused families and women with the best care and help it could give,” said Deputy Mayor of Warsaw Paweł Rabiej during a press conference. “Violence against women continues to be a major issue in Warsaw. Last year the Warsaw Police registered a total of 6,600 domestic violence files – so called Blue Cards.”

We’ve been receiving quite a number of reports from witnesses who are willing to help the victims, but don’t know how. They lack the information on how to do this safely and effectively,” said Renata Durda, Blue Line, a member of the Mayor of Warsaw's Women Council.

Experts investigating the problem in the capital city point out that violence is “democratic”. Social status, higher education, place of residence and affluence – none of these factors protect against domestic violence. Perpetrators and victims can be found across the city's population, in every district of Warsaw.
However, domestic violence in high-status families differs from that perpetrated in lower echelons of society. While the latter involves primarily physical abuse, the former is associated more with psychological and economic abuse.

Violence continues to be largely gender-based, since the large majority of victims are women, whereas perpetrators are in most cases men. According to Blue Card A files, in 2018 there were 6,604 victims of domestic violence in Warsaw, including 3,239 women and 2,837 children, and 4,081 perpetrators, of which 3,374 were men. According to experts, however, these data are understated and do not provide the whole picture.  

Have you witnessed violence? Take action!
Our campaign is addressed to those who have witnessed violence – sometimes they are the only people that can help put an end to the suffering. Intervention by an outsider can be the first step towards helping a woman break away from the circle of violence. Above all, however, it can ensure her safety.

Warsaw campaign

The campaign will run from 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (the International Human Rights Day). These dates have been chosen specifically to stress the fact that women’s rights are human rights.
Among other measures, the campaign will include spots in public transport vehicles showing simple ways to react when witnessing violence against women, as well as posters and the www.um.warszawa.pl/antyprzemocowa website, providing information on Warsaw's efforts and resources against domestic violence.
The “16 Days” campaign is part of the “Warsaw for Women” programme launched by the Mayor of Warsaw.