Dating violence is “a persistent pandemic”


A “persistent pandemic”. It is the expression used by the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality in the face of the 2020 data on dating violence, presented this Friday by the Association of Women Alternative and Response (UMAR).

Five percent of young people aged 11 to 21 consider physical violence legitimate and 19% legitimate sexual violence.

The data also adds that one in five young people suffers or has suffered psychological violence.

“These data confirm that dating violence, physical violence, violence against gender equality is a persistent pandemic. It is shocking to realize that more than half of our young people have been victims of some form of dating violence, ”said Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Rosa Monteiro, at a press conference through the zoom platform.

According to the minister, it is a trend that has been maintained and is “shocking and almost incomprehensible because the younger generations have not yet rooted these stereotypes and prejudices, these concepts”.

For the Assistant Secretary of State for Education, “worrying” data.

“If we think of a large family, with six children for example, it means that, at home, one will be suffering psychological violence, one will be suffering persecution, two may be being controlled in what they wear, in the messages they receive, only because the other thinks they have the right ”, exemplifies João Costa, stressing that“ we quickly start to see that this is a serious problem ”.

The Secretary of State recalls that dating violence often arises within the family – “many of the young aggressors are the children of abusive parents”.

It is not just a problem for young people and families, underlines the official. “Eradicating violence and dating violence is a matter for all of us. We are no longer in the time of “between husband and wife don’t take the spoon” or between boyfriend and girlfriend, they know. It is a problem for all of us that will only be overcome if we all contribute, even with our voice, ”recalls João Costa.

In a time of pandemic and confinement, the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, warns of greater exposure to risks, in the face of still great digital illiteracy. “The dimension of digital and the importance of these platforms is evident. On the one hand, they facilitate access to services, access to education, but on the other hand, as we know, they also reproduce this danger, exposure and risk to situations of violence ”, underlines Rosa Monteiro.

“There is a kind of digitalization of social relations and intimacy”, says the Secretary of State, who regrets that the “lack of digital and media literacy represents a scant assessment of the risks that children and young people suffer in digital”.

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, or Valentine’s Day, UMAR launched the campaign “Bem-me-Likes or Mal-Me-Likes?” in order to alert and prevent dating violence.

Remember that there are two lines of support for victims of dating violence: 800 202 148 and the “SMS Pandemia” line, created in this context, under the number 3060.


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