According to WHO, violence is the intentional use of physical force, threats to others or to oneself, against a group or community, that results in or is highly likely to result in trauma, psychological damage, developmental problems or death.
There are different types of violence:
- physical violence: for example: assault, injury,.....
- sexual violence: for example: abuse, touching, rape, etc.; within a married or unmarried couple
- verbal abuse: for example: insults, intimidation, humiliation, etc.
- emotional abuse: for example: checking comings and goings, monitoring the mobile phone, the partner asks for passwords, is excessively jealous, isolates you from your friends/family, etc.
- economic violence: for example: borrowing money without paying back, preventing people from working,...
- cyber-violence: for example, humiliation of a person on social networks, on youtube or other, damage to someone's reputation, cyber-harassment, etc.
- gender-based violence: power asymmetry between genders; for example: female genital mutilation, forced marriage, restricted access to education, etc.
Violence can affect men or women, can occur within a couple, married or unmarried, between members of a sibling, between members of a family, between strangers, in school or out of school, in short, it can be found in all living spaces.
Are you a victim or witness of violence? The first step out of it is to talk about it!
In our planning centre in Saint Josse, caring professionals welcome you: psychologists, marriage counsellors, social workers, lawyers. Do not hesitate to contact us or come on site, we will be able to discuss the situation with you.
Sexual Violence Victims Care Center (24 hours a day): A victim can receive the following care:
Medical care: both care for injuries and lesions, but also examination and treatment of any physical, sexual or reproductive consequences.
Psychological support: the first psychological care (active listening, information about normal reactions after a distressing event and how to cope) and psychological support by a psychologist from the CPVS.
Forensic investigation: the observation of injuries, the search for biological traces of the alleged perpetrator, the collection of evidence that could be used when the person files a complaint and appeals to the courts.
If desired, filing a complaint with the police, through an inspector, specially trained for morality.
Follow-up: medical follow-up, possibly for the medication you are taking or for the injuries you have suffered. Psychological follow-up to help you deal with the incident.
- Arranged, forced, precocious, customary marriage? The Marriage and Migration Network is a network of reflection and action that fights against all forms of marriages - forced, early, arranged, customary, therapeutic - of violence related to honor and of conjugal and intra-family violence in a migratory context, which can deprive men and women of their freedom of choice.