Domestic violence has become a recent topic of concern. Although the law against domestic violence already exists in 146 countries, Russia remains excluded from this list. The discussion of the draft law took place several times but no progress has yet been witnessed.
Women from various Russian cities have been protesting to have that draft added to the constitution. Seventy percent of the participants to last year’s rallies had experienced domestic violence; their rights had been violated and they could not do anything about it, keeping in mind the lack of legislation to protect them. This, in addition to the United Nation’s repeated calls for correction, means the Russian government should act on this immediately.
Many influencers, stars, and actresses have been wisely using their social media platforms to inform others about the current situation. Russian Instagram influencers Alexandra Mitroshina and Alyona Popova have used their Instagram platforms to inform their followers about this problem. Hundreds of women have supported them and acquired both the motivation and the courage to protest. They launched the campaign urging social media users to post a picture with the hashtag #янехотелаумирать which means “I didn’t want to die” and sign petitions. That movement has motivated many women to share their own experiences on Instagram.
Another famous TV presenter and singer who brought domestic violence to the audience’s attention is Regina Todorenko. She produced the movie “What Did I Do to Help?” in which she discussed that issue with many psychologists and experts. This movie also contains practical information and the necessary steps to take in order to help victims of domestic violence. This film became one of the most socially significant projects in 2020.
Project 991 is a multimedia platform which aims
to show how alarming domestic violence might be. This website includes the following parts: an interactive movie based on the real story of victims (the users can decide how to act in a specific situation and how an abusive partner would react), the latest updates about the statistics related to this problem and news about the process of domestic violence laws. There’s also a test that helps potential victims to examine the risks of being in an abusive relationship. The website also provides the contacts that may help victims deal with what they’ve been through so they can at least try to move on and have a better life than the past, even though it may take some time.
The process of adopting the domestic violence draft is currently in progress and should soon be part of the constitution in the future, once seen thoroughly by the Russian government.
In order to support Russia’s rallies against domestic violence, you can sign the petition linked below: https://www.change.org/p/требуем-принять-закон-против-домашнего-насилия