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Thu Apr 2, 2020, 11:16 AM

Women are using code words at pharmacies to escape domestic violence during lockdown

(CNN) On Sunday, a woman walked into a pharmacy in the French city of Nancy, one of the few public places still open after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of a dangerous virus.

But the woman wasn't there for medicine; she was there to tell the pharmacist that her partner had abused her. Soon after, the woman's spouse was arrested by police.
As the coronavirus pandemic forces countries everywhere to take unprecedented steps to restrict the movement of their citizens, victims of domestic violence have suddenly found themselves trapped at home with their abusive partners. Some are unable -- or too afraid -- to call the police, experts say.

So France, inspired by a similar scheme in Spain, has started telling victims to head to drugstores. If they can't talk openly in the store, they can simply say the codeword "mask 19" to the pharmacist behind the counter. The woman in Nancy was the first to seek help since the government launched the initiative last week, the spokesperson for Marlene Schiappa, the French minister for equality, told CNN.
As lockdown measures across Europe get stricter, charities and police forces are raising the alarm over a potential spike in domestic violence. Being confined at home with their abuser makes victims more vulnerable, because there is no escape.

(Read More) https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/europe/domestic-violence-coronavirus-lockdown-intl/index.html

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Reply Women are using code words at pharmacies to escape domestic violence during lockdown (Original post)
FM123 Apr 2020 OP
EllieBC Apr 2020 #1
uppityperson Apr 2020 #15
lagomorph777 Apr 2020 #16
Hekate Apr 2020 #26
gibraltar72 Apr 2020 #2
Faux pas Apr 2020 #3
SheltieLover Apr 2020 #4
DarthDem Apr 2020 #5
crickets Apr 2020 #6
Wounded Bear Apr 2020 #7
lambchopp59 Apr 2020 #8
CaptYossarian Apr 2020 #20
Grins Apr 2020 #9
magicarpet Apr 2020 #10
SpankMe Apr 2020 #11
lagomorph777 Apr 2020 #17
2naSalit Apr 2020 #18
FailureToCommunicate Apr 2020 #21
grantcart Apr 2020 #23
marble falls Apr 2020 #12
LittleGirl Apr 2020 #13
bluecollar2 Apr 2020 #14
malaise Apr 2020 #19
Haggis for Breakfast Apr 2020 #28
roamer65 Apr 2020 #22
live love laugh Apr 2020 #24
imavoter Apr 2020 #30
colsohlibgal Apr 2020 #25
niyad Apr 2020 #27
BigmanPigman Apr 2020 #29

Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 11:20 AM

1. Women and children being locked down with their abusers

is a huge unintended consequence. Yet I feel like they will be overlooked.

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Response to EllieBC (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:34 PM

15. And men being locked down with their abusers

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #15)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:38 PM

16. +1 It does go both ways!

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #16)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 06:17 PM

26. Just not by the numbers. So we'll be sure to build a safe house for the men while we build ...

...a safe multi-story apartment house for the women and children. Seriously, lots of sympathy for anyone being abused, and no sarcasm whatsoever.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 11:21 AM

2. That's genius.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 11:44 AM

3. Kicketty Kickin'

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:03 PM

4. K&R!

👏👍

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:06 PM

5. Stellar

That's very, very clever.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:08 PM

6. K&R for visibility.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:11 PM

7. K & R...for visibility...nt

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:13 PM

8. Thank heaven, pharmacies here should take heed

It took one long, arduous, expensive and roundabout litigation to impose protective measures, including placing my late father in a lock-down nursing home to end the nightmare of abuse my mother was disability-trapped in some years back now. Numerous visits from the local sherriff's representatives helped the process. My dad didn't help his own free-dum case by pulling a gun on his caregiver, who quit immediately and instigated major family intervention.
Although my mother couldn't have been helped by this system by her own inept memory issues, this sounds like a plan that could help countless others. I envision the "get me a G-D beer, woman" Duck Dienasty types in handcuffs to the sounds of my applause.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 01:01 PM

20. There may be a few pharmacies in the US that still won't give

the "day after" pill.

Being a safe haven for women might be a stretch for these knuckle-draggers.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:21 PM

9. That was also in David Halberstram's book, "The Reckoning"

Same thing was mentioned in David Halberstram's book on the auto industry ("The Reckoning") when GM/Ford/Chrysler were hit in late 1973 with both high gas prices because of the oil embargo, and Japanese imports that were cheaper, had far better MPG, and had MUCH higher quality.

A huge drop in sales and they had to lay-off thousands. And because of that, spousal abuse in the Detroit area jumped 40%.

Still a great book. I may have to re-read it.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:21 PM

10. Isn't that wonderful,... a support mechanism to the rescue...

... so the victimization comes to a halt.

Men go stir crazy, women get beaten up.
Or USA, USA, USA - - the women get shot.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:23 PM

11. What's the code word for abuse of a nation by a president? n/t

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Response to SpankMe (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:40 PM

17. NOV-3

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:49 PM

18. +1

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 01:23 PM

21. DUzy !!

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 01:57 PM

23. Yep

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:23 PM

12. Stupid as I am, I've only considered this since I read about the problem last week ...

we need to implement a program right now in the US.

I loathe bullies.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:30 PM

13. Wife beaters are gonna beat.

Nancy France is about 2 hours from me. Iím so happy she sought help!

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:32 PM

14. Kick and rec!..n/t

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:51 PM

19. I knew this was going to be a serious problem

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Response to malaise (Reply #19)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 10:09 PM

28. Sadly, this follows every natural disaster, too.

And the divorce rate skyrockets as well.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 01:41 PM

22. That is genius.

We should copy it.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 05:04 PM

24. Friend's coworker killed her husband last week

I predict many bad situations will arise with people living in close quarters under financial stress.

I hope Iím wrong.

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Response to live love laugh (Reply #24)

Fri Apr 3, 2020, 09:50 AM

30. So sorry

that's awful

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 05:42 PM

25. Nice Place Indeed

We definitely should have something similar.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 07:06 PM

27. I applaud this. And the Ministry for Equality. Imagine that, an actual cabinet dept for equality.

But we have the misogynist in chief.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 10:24 PM

29. Some countries, cultures, religions, societies

around the world right now will still not help an abused woman, virus lockdown or no lockdown. The right people need to be locked up, not locked down. Lock up the abusers! Yeah for Spain and France.

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