The visit took place in the context of the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). FHMD is committed to ending domestic violence in Aruba. They FHMD employees assist persons who have been victims of domestic violence. Governor Boekhoudt spoke to volunteers, employees and board members of FHMD, where the Governor was informed about how they deal with the challenges that the crisis poses.
According to FHMD, the corona crisis threatens to increase domestic violence, while there is a greater chance that incidents will now remain indoors. People sit at home, work at home and also take care of their children. In families where domestic violence occurs, some children have lost their safe haven, because that is school or after-school care for them. According to FHMD, it is difficult to determine exactly whether the corona crisis has led to more domestic violence. Not everyone calls the police. If neighbors do not report, many incidents remain indoors. The FHMD emphasizes that people dealing with domestic violence can contact FHMD crisis line 567 1670 and, if there is immediate danger, call 911. Even if you witness domestic violence or if you suspect that it is taking place in your area.
Through telephone conversations and, if possible, working visits, Governor Boekhoudt informs himself about the consequences of the Corona outbreak and expresses his support and appreciation for the efforts of so many in the fight against the pandemic. Measures are taken in consultation with the organizations involved to allow working visits to take place safely.