Updated: Nov 8, 2021
On Friday 22nd October , the team of AMAM web radio talked about domestic violence against migrant women in Europe. The show was conducted by Regine Nguini Psaila, Precious Atigolo and Lorraine Fotso.
Domestic violence can be defined as “ a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner”.
FOTSO explained that “it is not only physical violence but also psychological, sexual and financial violence.”
ATIGOLO gave different reasons why victims stay with their partners. They are mainly: fear of harm, love for their partner, children, lack of means or family.
Effectively, the family has an important place in African couples. Often the woman is advised to stay with her partner.
PSAILA gave examples of abusive behaviours by men, such as stories reported by women who were locked inside the house, while the partner took the key away for a whole day.
How can migrant women in Europe get away ?
There are numerous ways to report an abuser, such as reporting the facts, talking to people around you, or turning to specialists who can protect battered women through emergency numbers.
How to help ?
People close to the victims can take the time to listen to them by providing support, to help them find accommodation or financial and legal aid.
Watch the full episode here.