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10:39 05 Feb 2021

"It seems": Ukraine launched an anonymous online diary for domestic violence victims

An anonymous online diary "It seems" has been launched in Ukraine, where domestic violence victims can tell their stories and seek help.

The Ministry of Justice reports.

The stories of the victims are divided into four categories: economic, physical, psychological, and sexual violence. Each story is anonymous; if wanted, you can leave contact information for feedback.

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The website also has hotline numbers, a link to an online platform for free psychological counseling, and a link to a website on how to recognize domestic violence.

The Institute of Cognitive Modeling, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, and TV presenter Maria Efrosinina launched the "It seems" platform.

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Domestic violence in Ukraine

In April 2020, the UN Office in Ukraine stated that with the start of quarantine, calls to the hotline had increased by 30%. In total, in 2020, the National Police recorded more than 208,000 complaints of domestic violence, as reported by Vasyl Bohdan, deputy head of the Office of District Police Officers. As a result of these crimes, 141 people were seriously injured and more than a thousand were lightly beaten. 74 people died as a result of domestic violence.

As reported, the Rada plans to introduce community service punishment for domestic violence.

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