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FIFA-EC-WHO #SafeHome campaign to support those risking domestic violence

Photo: WHO Video

By SAT News Desk/WHO

MELBOURNE, 26 MAY 2020: The COVID-19 global crisis has resulted in a big loss of life and the disruption of the economic and social fabric of society. One consequence has been the spike in domestic violence. To plug this and help victims the FIFA, WHO, and the European Commission have joined forces, to launch the #SafeHome campaign to support women and children at risk of domestic violence. The campaign is a joint response from the three institutions to the recent spikes in reports of domestic violence as stay-at-home measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have put women and children experiencing abuse at greater risk.

Almost one in three women worldwide experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence by someone else in their lifetime. In a majority of cases, that violence is committed by a partner in their home – indeed, up to 38% of all murders of women are committed by an intimate partner. It is also estimated that one billion children aged between two and seventeen years (or half the world’s children) have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence or neglect in the past year.

There are many reasons why people perpetrate domestic violence, including gender inequality and social norms that condone violence, childhood experiences of abuse or exposure to violence and coercive control growing up. Harmful use of alcohol can also trigger violence. Stressful situations, such as those being experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic instability, exacerbate the risk. Moreover, the current distancing measures in place in many countries make it harder for women and children to reach out to family, friends and health workers who could otherwise provide support and protection.

“Just as physical, sexual or psychological violence has no place in football, it has no place in the home,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “We are so pleased that our partners today are joining us to draw attention to this critical issue. As people are isolated at home because of COVID-19, the risks of domestic violence have tragically been exacerbated.”.

“Together with the World Health Organization and the European Commission, we are asking the football community to raise awareness of this intolerable situation that threatens particularly women and children in their own home, a place where they should feel happy, safe and secure,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “We cannot stay silent on this issue that negatively affects so many people. Violence has no place in homes, just as it has no place in sports. Football has the power to relay important social messages, and through the #SafeHome campaign, we want to ensure that those people experiencing violence have access to the necessary support services they need.”

“Violence has no place in our societies,” said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth. “Women’s rights are human rights and should be protected. Often abused women and children are afraid to talk because of fear or shame. This ‘window’ to speak up and seek help is, during confinement, even more, restricted. As a matter of fact, in some countries, we have seen an increase in reports of domestic violence since the outbreak of COVID-19. It is our responsibility as a society, as institutions to speak up for these women. To give them trust and support them. This is the purpose of this joint campaign which I am honored to be part of.”

“We call upon our member associations to actively publish details of national or local helplines and support services that can help victims and anyone feeling threatened by violence in their locality,” added the FIFA President. “We also call upon our members to review their own safeguarding measures using the FIFA Guardians toolkit to ensure that football is fun and safe for everyone in our game, especially the youngest members of the football family.”

The five-part video awareness campaign features 15 past and present footballers – Álvaro Arbeloa, Rosana Augusto, Vítor Baía, Khalilou Fadiga, Matthias Ginter, David James, Annike Krahn, Marco Materazzi, Milagros Menéndez, Noemi Pascotto, Graham Potter, Mikaël Silvestre, Kelly Smith, Óliver Torres and Clementine Touré – who have stressed their support to address this critical issue. The campaign is being published on various FIFA digital channels, with #SafeHome also being supported with multimedia toolkits for the 211 FIFA member associations and for various media agencies to help facilitate additional localization and to further amplify the message worldwide.

Video 1: Survivor advice 1

Video 2: Survivor advice 2

Video 3: Survivor support

Video 4: Perpetrator advice

Video 5: Government advice

WHO, the United Nations’ specialized health agency, and FIFA, football’s world governing body, collaborate closely to promote healthy lifestyles, which includes being free of violence, through football globally. The two organizations jointly launched the “Pass the message to kick out coronavirus” campaign in March 2020 to share advice on effective measures to protect people from COVID-19. This was followed by the #BeActive campaign in April 2020 to encourage people to stay healthy at home during the pandemic.

New report sheds light on groups vulnerable to family, domestic and sexual violence

By SAT News Desk

Canberra, 8 June: One in 6 women and one in 9 men experienced physical or sexual abuse before the age of 15, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2019, presents new data on children and other specific vulnerable population groups, while also providing new analysis on the risks, prevalence, support services, and outcomes of family, domestic and sexual violence.

It builds on the AIHW’s first comprehensive report on family, domestic and sexual violence, which was released in 2018.

‘Family, domestic and sexual violence can take many forms, including physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse, or attempts to control another person’s behavior, said AIHW spokesperson Ms. Louise York.

‘The impacts of family, domestic and sexual violence on children and adolescents can be long-lasting, affecting their health, wellbeing, education, relationships, and housing outcomes.

‘Over 41,000 children with experience of family violence accessed specialist homelessness services in 2017–18.

‘Police recorded 3,100 family violence-related sexual assaults against children aged under 15 years, in 2017.’

‘Police recorded 284 victims of filicide (killing of a child by a parent or parent equivalent) between 2000–01 and 2011–12,’ Ms York said.

The report shows that people with disability are more likely to experience physical violence and emotional abuse from a partner and more likely to experience sexual violence and sexual harassment, compared with people without disability.

About 2.5% of women with a disability had experienced partner violence in the previous 12 months, compared with just over 1.3% of women without a disability.

The report shows that, based on national population surveys and set against a backdrop of declines in overall violence, rates of partner violence and sexual violence have remained relatively stable since 2005. However, the number of people accessing services due to family, domestic and sexual violence continues to rise: such as police, hospital, child protection, and homelessness services.

‘There were 25,000 victims of sexual assault recorded by police in 2017—8% more than the 23,000 victims in 2016—the highest number of victims since the data series began in 2010,’ Ms. York said.

‘Between 2014–15 and 2016–17, the rate of hospitalization of women assaulted by a spouse or partner has risen by 23%, from 31 to 38 hospitalizations per 100,000 population.’

In 2017–18, 121,000 clients assisted by specialist homelessness services had experienced family or domestic violence, up from 115,000 clients in 2016–17. Since 2013–14, the rate of people with experience of family violence seeking assistance has increased by 32% for women and 40% for men.

This second comprehensive report continues to build the evidence base on family domestic and sexual violence in Australia and details the work that has been done to fill known information gaps.

‘It brings together information from a range of sources to help us better understand who is most vulnerable to these forms of violence, noting it can be difficult to obtain large representative samples of those in some vulnerable populations,’ Ms. York said.


Children: 1 in 6 women and 1 in 9 men experience physical or sexual abuse before the age of 15.

Young women: 53% of police-recorded female sexual assault victims in 2017 were aged 15–34.

Elder abuse: More than 10,900 calls were made to elder abuse hotlines across Australia in 2017–18. The calls were more commonly related to financial or emotional abuse.

People with disability: People with disability were 1.8 times as likely to experience partner violence as those without disability in the previous 12 months.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: Indigenous people were 32 times more likely to be hospitalized for family violence as non-Indigenous people.

LQBTIQ+ people: People with diverse sexual orientations and gender diversities are more likely to experience workplace sexual harassment—52%, compared to 30% of other Australians.

Rural and Remote Australia: 23% of women living outside major cities experienced violence from a partner, compared to 15% of women in major cities.

Domestic homicide: On average, 1 woman was killed every 9 days and 1 man was killed every 29 days by a partner in the period between July 2014 and June 2016.

Sexual assault: Police recorded 25,000 sexual assault victims in 2017—the highest numbers since this information was first collected (8% more than in 2016).

Stalking: 1 in 6 women and 1 in 15 men have experienced stalking.

Sexual harassment: 1 in 2 women and around 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual harassment.

Trends: According to survey data, rates of partner violence and sexual violence have remained stable since 2005, despite total violence from any person declining significantly over the same period.

Melbourne pregnant Indian woman stabbed by hubby


By our community reporter

Melbourne: A pregnant 30-year-old Indian woman is in critical condition, after being stabbed in Craigieburn on 20th December afternoon. Local media reports she was stabbed in the neck. Emergency services were called to two addresses, where they found the woman with the stab wounds.
Police say she had taken refuge at a house at Cable Circuit, after she was attacked at a property in the adjacent Pearl Drive just after 5:30pm (AEDT).
A man who is said to have allegedly stabbed the woman was found at the second house, and is being treated for apparently swallowing weed killer. Community reports indicate the couple are of Punjabi origin from India.
Police say they’re investigating the incident as a domestic dispute.