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.


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SOS Viol

- Par téléphone : 0800 98 100 - permanence téléphonique gratuite et anonyme pour les victimes et/ou leur entourage et/ou des témoins du lundi au vendredi de 8h à 18h

- Par mail :

- Tchat en ligne le lundi et le vendredi de 17h à 21h et le mercredi de 14h à 18h :

- Consultations psychologiques, sociales et juridiques sur rendez-vous : Rue Coenraets 23, 1060 Saint-Gilles


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.



- A friendly helpline that allows you to put words to an abusive situation:

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- A friendly helpline that allows you to put words to an abusive situation:

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- 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.

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The Group for the Abolition of Sexual Mutilation (GAMS) :

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