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Where to ask for a help if I face the violence in the Czech Republic?

06/12/22 | Článek

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we decided to not just draw attention to the fact that it‘s important to recognize different forms of violence, speak about it and try to prevent it, but also to inform potential victims. One of the most frequent groups among these victims are migrant women, who are extremely vulnerable to various forms of violence due to their social status and migration background.

What types of violence do we have? 

Violence against women takes many different forms.

One of them is domestic violence (physical, psychological, sexual, social, and economic), which mostly takes place in private and intimate relationships between partners/husband and wife.

Another frequent form of violence against women is also sexual violence (sexual harassment, sexual abuse, exploitation, and rape). The term includes all sexual acts that took place without the consent of the person concerned, were done under the violent threats, were forcibly coerced or when the perpetrator took advantage of the victim's vulnerability.

We also understand human trafficking as a type of violence. In such cases, women involuntarily perform some kind of work under the threat of physical and psychological violence, e.g. prostitution.

What to ask yourself? 

Do I feel like someone is physically threatening me? Is anyone causing me the physical harm? Do I feel that someone is trying to control me? Is there anyone around me who repeatedly humiliates, insults, ridicules, threatens, and verbally attacks me? Do I feel like someone is emotionally blackmailing me? Do I feel like someone else is in control of my financial situation? Is there anyone trying to isolate me from my family and loved ones? Do I feel like someone is checking my phone, how I dress, who I hang out with, how I spend my time? Have I ever been forced into any involuntary sexual act? Do I feel like someone is stalking me?

If you answer yes to at least one or more questions, you should try to ask for help.

Who can help me? 

Our organization has created a list of helplines and support services for victims of sexual harassment, violence against women and exploitation. There you will find contacts for twelve Prague organizations and a description of the services they offer, which you can use at any time you need to. The organizations listed below and more will be happy to help you:

Complete list of help lines with detailed description and contacts in Czech Here>> English Here>> Ukrainian Here>>

Remember that you are not alone in this situation. There are different types of assistance, so choose the one that suits you the best. If you have not experienced violence yourself, but know a woman who has, recommend her to read this article.

The leaflet was created within the project "Migrant Women Among Women", supported by the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic through their grant scheme for publicly beneficial activities in the area of gender equality.

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