France to spend nearly $400 million on efforts to stop domestic violence

France to spend nearly $400 million on efforts to stop domestic violence

France is pledging nearly $400 million toward efforts to curb domestic violence, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Monday. 

The investment of 360 million euros (about $396 million) would be steered toward dozens of measures, including a push to seize firearms from abusive spouses and better train police, The Associated Press reports

Other pledges include electronic bracelets for abusers and 1,000 new places in shelters for women. 

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“The first success of this effort is to break this chain of silence,” Philippe said Monday, according to AP.

Philippe also noted that he hopes the measures will serve as “an electroshock in our society.” 

The push follows a Saturday protest, where tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Paris and other cities across France, Reuters reported

But some activists, who reportedly had been pushing for at least one billion euros dedicated to the cause, are not appeased with the government’s response. Feminist activist Caroline de Hass, who helped organize Saturday’s demonstration, called the announcement a “disappointment,” according to ABC News

Activists identified at least 138 women who have been killed by their partner or ex-partner in France this year, AP reported.

Noujoud-Asia Ghemri, whose sister was allegedly killed by her husband in April, told AP the announced changes are “a drop in the bucket.” 

France’s announcement was made on the same day the as the United Nations’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

According to the UN, one in three women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Moreover, 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2017 while only 1 in 20 men were killed under similar circumstances.