Domestic violence: when Adrien Quatennens mentioned the follow-up of handrails at the Assembly

Deputy Adrien Quatennens admitted having slapped his wife “in a context of extreme tension and mutual aggression”. In 2019, he insisted on the need to take into account the reports of female victims.

The archive is again shared on social networks in favor of the news. In 2019, the rebellious deputy Adrien Quatennens, who recognized this Sunday in a press release having slapped his wife a year ago, challenged the government about violence against women that could lead to feminicide.

In the hemicycle of the National Assembly, the deputy from the North criticized the executive at the time for the lack of consideration of reports of violence, which, according to him, would have made it possible to avoid these tragedies.

“How many cases could we have avoided?”

He then recalled the current count of feminicides by spouse or ex-spouse for the year 2019: “117, it is the terrible count that the rapporteur recalled at the beginning of our work… 118 I am even told . 118 who since the beginning of 2019 have been killed by their spouse or (…) ex-spouse.”

“The question that I ask myself at this time, and that the national representation also asks, is: how many of these cases could we have avoided?” he asked.

“Among these 118 women, a significant proportion had filed a complaint, had filed handrails,” continued Adrien Quatennens. “There is therefore, among these 118 feminicides, a significant number of cases which were foreseeable and which were not prevented.”

An investigation launched after the handrail filed by his wife

If Adrien Quatennens is not the subject of a complaint here, his wife – with whom he is in the process of divorce – has filed a handrail. An investigation was opened on this basis by the Lille prosecutor’s office for suspicion of “violence by spouse” against the deputy.

This approach is part of “a proactive criminal policy for the treatment of domestic violence” put in place “for many years”, insisted the Lille prosecutor’s office. Its policy on domestic violence provides that “in the event of the filing of a handrail and when the facts seem to them to merit it”, the police services should contact him “for instructions”.

In a press release, his lawyer considered that a “handrail, unlike a complaint, demonstrates the lack of will to initiate proceedings by the person who files it”. “I can only wish, in the future, that all the handrails deposited in all the police stations of France will be the object of such listening, and such treatment, and with such speed”, concluded- she.

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