The association is faced with an institutional vacuum in the psychological and judicial care of families. After a femicide, everything falls on your head, you have to integrate the conditions and the death of your loved one. We support families with multiple attorneys, a psy platform, and a volunteer psychologist. After the tragedy, families are isolated, abandoned and do not know where to go. Our federation, based in Rennes, brings together 87 families in France. We also work with the government and institutions for the prevention of violence against women.
Marie, 45, was strangled in front of her daughters on April 12 in the Villejean district of Rennes. The author of the murder, with whom she had been married since 2012, had already been convicted of violence against the spouse. Is it a failure not to have been able to protect this mother?
We are particularly shocked by this murder. Why hadn’t the perpetrator had support equal to what he had already caused and which had resulted in a prison sentence? For us, this man should never have come out, but he remained in a closed environment with dedicated psychological support. He was dependent on alcohol and had shown the extreme dangerousness of it. There are also other essential tools such as the anti-reconciliation bracelet. As of September 20, 2021, it became widespread on French territory. We questioned justice, which replied that it did not have it at the time of this man’s conviction. But an anti-reconciliation bracelet could have been placed, even for previous events. It is incomprehensible that this has not been done.
When he intervened, the author was still undergoing a probation period ordered by the courts. Could this have allowed the use of this bracelet?
This woman should never have died. This gentleman was a known repeat offender who was given a suspended sentence and was prohibited from approaching his victim. But in particular, what are the controls of the prison insertion and probation service to check if he does not approach Madame? What means do they have to effectively monitor violent spouses? We want answers. We can no longer say “it’s bad luck’s fault”. Regarding Maria’s death, something has not been done. A choke bracelet could have saved her life. Nothing would have prevented justice from requesting it after conviction, as provided by law. It is not enough to create tools and vote on them. They have to be applied.
What about the grave danger phone, which allows women victims of violence to alert the police?
The answer was that Mary had not asked for it. But she did everything she was asked to do! As soon as she arrived in France, she filed several complaints against her husband, until her conviction and imprisonment. In reality, these women only accompany each other when, in 2015, one of her daughters was very violently assaulted by her stepfather.
Is it just a follow up question?
We realize, every day, that most people, even within the judiciary, are unaware of the mechanics of femicide and coercive control, what is called influence. Women cannot get rid of it in the blink of an eye, but in the long run. Training has begun at the School of the Judiciary. Things are progressing, but sadly we are still counting our deaths. Since January, there have been 30 conjugal femicides in France and 53 children are without a mother. In 2021, at the same time, there were 33 femicides. We are almost at the same figures as long as we have protection tools.
Is this a sign of inability to prevent these tragedies?
The question is that of the implementation of protection tools. There is no evaluation of public policies on femicides. We were received in February at Matignon on this subject and recommended the creation of an independent interministerial commission dedicated to domestic violence, which would have the task of verifying the procedures. We saw it with the femicide of Chahinez Daoud, burned alive in Mérignac, near Bordeaux. There were many malfunctions, at all levels: magistrates and law enforcement, in particular due to gaps in data transmission. The problem is there. He is also in law enforcement. It is unbearable that femicides continue despite everything that can be put in place.