France Unveils New Measures To Help Prevent Domestic Violence

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the new measures Monday.
Posted at 11:09 AM, Nov 25, 2019

France's government has unveiled a series of new measures to help prevent domestic violence against women. 

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the new measures Monday. They include tougher penalties for abusers, requiring offenders to wear electronic bracelets, seizing firearms from abusers and creating 1,000 new places in shelters for women who've experienced abuse. 

The plan, which is worth millions of dollars, came just days after thousands of people flooded the streets of Paris and other cities to protest domestic violence.

France has one of the highest domestic violence rates in Europe. Activists say more than 100 women have been killed by their current or former partners this year.

President Emmanuel Macron expressed his support for the movement on Twitter. He said, in part: "Count on me to continue the mobilization of the government and the entire nation in this great cause."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.