Instructions for immediate or imminent danger
Instructions for immediate or imminent danger
In case you are facing a violent incident and your physical integrity is at risk (or that of a member of your family), do not hesitate to abandon the house and call the Police (100) and/or reach the nearest Police Station. Protecting your physical integrity is always the priority.
If you can’t call the police, you have the option to send a text (SMS) to the police (100) making sure you mention
If, for any reason, you can’t reach the authorities by yourself, ask a person of trust to reach the authorities for you (eg. a family member, a friend or your doctor).
In case you are being subjected by your partner to any form of abusive behavior and wish to ask for help, you can contact the SOS Hotline 15900 (operates 24/7 throughout the year) and/or the nearest Counselling Centre in order to be provided with all necessary information and support. For more information, please see: http://www.isotita.gr/en/home/
A temporary solution is an accommodation in a shelter. The address of the shelters is classified. You will have to contact SOS Hotline 15900 or a Counselling Centre where you will receive support and instructions and, if necessary, you will be referred to a shelter.
If you think that there is an immediate threat, please call the police (100) and report the incident. You have the right to do so anonymously.
You can also file a report to the Prosecutor’s Office.
If the incident concerns a minor you can also address the organization “The Smile of Child” and/or call the Children SOS Hotline 1056. You have the right to do so anonymously.
The personal escape plan is the plan that you have developed and you will follow in case of a violent incident, in order to escape from your house fast and safely. Train yourself in safe escape. Try to recall in your memory your personal escape plan as often as you can, in order to be ready in case of a violent incident.
What are your rights?
Domestic violence is a crime and is punished by L. 3500/2006
Yes, you have the right to use part or all of this money which is available in the banking account. This money is yours (too).
If you feel that you and/or your children are in danger, you have the right to leave the house with your kids without facing any disciplinary actions. Furthermore, you can address the Police, the Prosecutor’s office, the Counselling Centers etc. for further actions.
As a domestic violence survivor, you have the right to receive hospital care and to report the incident to the authorities, regardless of your legal status in the country. The authorities do not have the right to enforce any disciplinary actions to you such as deportation for as long as your case is being examined, (L. 4531/2018).
You do have the right to hospital care in any case, regardless if the form of GBV(physical/sexual violence) you have suffered falls into the category of the domestic violence offense.
Services supporting survivors of gender-based violence
SOS Hotline – 15900 is a service which offers GBV survivors and other interested persons information and communication with specialized staff (psychologists, sociologists) that can provide help, support and advice regarding emergent incidents of violence 24/7 throughout the year. It should be noted that the option of interpretation in various languages is available. Furthermore, the option of online communication via e-mail ([email protected]) is also available.
Counseling Centers offer free services to the women who seek help. The services include:
Counseling centers are located in Athens (Syntagma, Omonia), Piraeus, Ioannina, Helaklio (Crete), Thessaloniki, Kerkira, Kozani, Komotini, Lamia, Larissa, Lesvos, Patra, Syros and Tripoli. You can also find a Counselling Center through the Municipalities of: Alaxandoypoli, Arta, Veria, Elefsina, Zakynthos, Thiva, Kavala, Kalamata, Karditsa, Kefallonia, Kastoria, Katerini, Keratsini-Drapetsona, Corinthos, Kos, Peristeri, Preveza, Pyrgos, Rethimni, Rhodes, Serres, Trikala, Florina, Filis, Chalandri, Chalkida and Chios.
For more information, please see: http://www.isotita.gr/en/home/
The Diotima Centre offers the following services to survivors of domestic violence who reside in Athens, regardless of their nationality:
The Diotima Centre offers the following services to refugee GBV survivors (any kind of GBV) who reside Athens, Thessaloniki and Lesvos:
free participation in empowerment groups
* Please note that the available services are subject to change from period to period as their availability depends on existing funding and programmes
Coronavirus and gender-based violence
In case of a violent incident in which your physical integrity might be in danger, do not hesitate to abandon the house and call the police and/or to turn to the nearest police station.
Protecting your physical integrity is always the priority.
Yes, you have the right to turn to the nearest police station and report the incident without facing any disciplinary actions.
An increase of domestic violence cases has been observed during quarantine as various exogenous factors intensify the perpetrator’s violent characteristics.
However, violent outbreaks are not caused by the quarantine per se, but rather the quarantine is a factor that can deteriorate the situation and it is highly probable that the violent outbreaks will not end with the expiration of the lockdown.
This period the courts are closed due to the emergent situation of the coronavirus. This will cause delays in the examination of some cases.
However, emergent cases are examined and taken by Diotima’s legal aid team.
Due to the emergent situation part of Diotima’s staff is working remotely. However, we do our best to provide our services online, where possible. You can reach us through the following phone numbers: Athens: 210-3244380, Thessaloniki: 2310-534445, Lesvos: 22510-24730.