Somme: justice and associations sign an agreement to train victims of violence in self-defense

Somme: justice and associations sign an agreement to train victims of violence in self-defense
Somme: justice and associations sign an agreement to train victims of violence in self-defense

A new agreement in the Somme to support women victims of domestic violence. It was signed this Tuesday by the Amiens public prosecutor’s office, two victim support associations, Agena and the CIDFF, a krav-maga association and the Picardie Jules Verne University, which will provide premises for courses self-defense. These krav-maga sessions will start in September 2024, for 24 women divided into two groups.

“Regain self-confidence, learn if necessary to neutralize an aggressor”

This sports training complements social, professional and sometimes legal support for women victims of violence. : “It’s a time that can help them rebuild themselves, relearn what their body is, explains Claire Diascorn, director of the Information Center on the Rights of Women and Families (CIDFF), who will offer this system to the women she supports. It also shows them what they know how to do and can do: very often, these are women who have been told that they cannot or know how to do anything – this allows them to regain confidence“, concludes the director.

Self-esteem, learning to protect yourself, this will be at the heart of the sessions spread over three months from September 2024: “Firstly, we learn to adapt our verbal behavior, so as not to enter a spiral of violence.explains Nicolas Boulanger, president of the Krav Maga Amiens association which will provide these courses on a voluntary basis. There is also the posture, the confidence to try to dissuade the aggressor; finally, as an ultimate solution, we will learn to neutralize an aggressor.”

“A review at the end of the year, to possibly expand the system”

These self-defense courses are not only aimed at female victims based in Amiens : “We obtained a budget for mobility – for taxi vouchers or train tickets – so that women who do not have means of transport can come and take these courses: we know how complicated this can be in rural area“, continues Claire Diascorn, director of the CIDFF. This additional tool will support the support of women victims of violence, adds Jean-Philippe Vincentini, the public prosecutor of Amiens: “We will launch this first session in September, we will then take stock at the end of the year. Depending on requests, we will eventually expand this program, explains the prosecutor. We are trying in small steps to improve this system, to secure it, to complete it: we are constantly thinking about the fight against domestic violence.s, a subject which is a great national cause.”

The Amiens public prosecutor’s office also aims for three other areas of development. First, the wish to work with the Picardie Jules Verne University and other higher education schools to alert and raise awareness among students on domestic and intra-family violence. The Amiens prosecutor is also planning to have students make a very short film on domestic violence, which would be broadcast before the start of the hearings for violence in court. Finally, in order to make the court’s victims center better known, a newsletter will be published twice a year, based on the model put in place by the Saint-Etienne public prosecutor’s office.

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