Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan has ordered that measures be put into place to help domestic violence victims now that a new lockdown has been put into place in the Asian kingdom. The Queen’s request was announced on her and King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s social media pages.
The announcement said that Her Majesty is “deeply concerned by the number of domestic violence and abuse cases that were reported during Bhutan’s first lockdown in August.”
The Queen commanded, “All necessary measures be put in place to assist any person who is experiencing or feels at risk of domestic violence and abuse during the second lockdown which began today [20 December] in Thimphu.”
These measures, which have already been put into place, include that immediate help be sent to those requesting assistance and providing secure and comfortable shelter for the victims. Victims will also be provided with counselling and assistance with RENEW.
The announcement concluded by saying: “Anyone at risk is encouraged to seek immediate help, and all are requested to report if you are aware of but unable to assist in a serious situation.”
Those in Bhutan who need help or who are concerned for the safety of someone else can call the toll free number 1010.