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Domestic violence victims should be allowed to break curfew without facing punishment

Female victims of domestic violence and their children should be allowed to leave their homes during curfew when they are facing risk of abuse, the National Network to End Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence said in a press release Thursday. 

Skopje, 9 April 2020 (MIA) – Female victims of domestic violence and their children should be allowed to leave their homes during curfew when they are facing risk of abuse, the National Network to End Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence said in a press release Thursday.

“Women facing risk of abuse, as well as their children and older family members, should be allowed to leave their homes during curfew without facing prosecution. Police officers who run into them, should offer appropriate protection,” the press release read.

The network is asking that while curfew is enforced, abusers be removed from the home and sanctioned, and the victims offered suitable protection.

“Our demands are valid because when a state of emergency is declared, the rate of domestic abuse increases. Adopted measures force abusers to stay indoors and channel their aggression at their families, wives/partners, children, parents. A lot of people are scared of losing their jobs and facing poverty. All these factors increase stress levels, cause frustration, fear and anxiety, which trigger aggressive behavior, outbursts of anger, increased need to demonstrate power and solve conflicts with violence,” the press release added.

The network has asked the government to grant their requests as soon as possible, to protect victims of domestic abuse and their children.

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