Who can help me?
Domestic Violence PDF brochure contact list
The main police station in Monaco is located on 9 rue Suffren-Reymond (on the port, behind the Casino supermarket). Their phone number is +377 93 15 30 15.
A social worker specialized on domestic violence works at the Police during weekdays. At other times, an agent is always available to take your complaint.
You can either fill a “main courante”, which has little legal value, but constitutes a record of what happened to you. The police will not follow up on it but will keep it and it can, in some cases, be used in court.
You can also fill a “plainte” (formal complaint). The police will launch an inquiry into what is happening and might contact the perpetrator.
If French is not your native language, you have the right to ask for a translator who will assist you through the procedure.
HOSPITAL (HOPITAL PRINCESSE GRACE)
The hospital is located on 1 Avenue Pasteur (bus 5 goes there directly).
Their phone number is +377 97 98 99 00 and the phone number to the emergency services is +377 97 98 97 69.
A social worker is also at the hospital and you can ask to speak to her.
There are three specialised social workers who are available to assist you and provide some advice. You can find there details and phone numbers here.
There is a large network of social workers in Monaco, composed of 14 assistants, many of whom are specialized to help victims of domestic violence.
Directorate of Sanitary and Social Action - Social Service - Social Action Division
Social assistants: +377 98 98 83 52
SOCIAL SERVICES (DASO)
The social services (known in Monaco as the DASO, Division Action Sociale) are located on 23, avenue Prince Albert II (in the Carrefour alleyway, on the 3rd floor, use the lifts by the pharmacy). Their phone number is +377 98 98 82 55
A specialized social worker is available to meet with you, during opening hours, from 9.30am to 5pm. Outside of those hours, you can make an appointment with a social worker. You can find their contact details here.
A psychologist is also available to meet with you, by appointment.
The social worker will inform you of your rights, will be able to evaluate your situation and will offer some support possibilities, depending on your situation: in case of emergency, housing can be offered; financial support; assistance in finding a job as well as family mediation.
Depending on your situation, protection measures can be put in place to protect a child from the violence that s/he is witnessing.
Lawyers are registered with the bar of Monaco which is administered by a council of the order, presided over by a bâtonnier.
You can find the list of lawyers registered at the Monaco Bar and their contact details at A.V.I.P and on the Bar's website:
SheCanHeCan aims to inform and support victims of domestic violence. It’s main objective is to provide up to date, accurate information on where to seek assistance in cases of domestic abuse. SheCanHeCan also coordinates every year with the Monegasque government campaign to mark the International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November. Since 2016, She Can He Can has also worked to ensure the key buildings in Monaco, including the Palace, the Conseil National and the Odeon Tower, are lit in orange.
AVIP (Association d’Aide aux Victimes d’Infractions Pénales) was created in 2014, following the law to prevent and punish domestic violence, which was adopted in July 2011. AVIP provides assistance to victims of violences, harassment and abuse.
For more information, please visit: http://www.avip-monaco.org/ (in French only)
or call +377 93 25 00 07 or 0800 91 90 10 (from a landline or mobile within Monaco)
EgLex is a Monaco-based Association dedicated to promotion of defence of human rights.
EgLex focuses on raising awareness about the rights of married and unmarried partners, and the best interests of the child.
As EgLex notes, the best protection is prevention. If one of the family partners is not legally and financially protected, this can lead to abuse and power plays in the relationship. It is also important to emphasise that violence may be not only physical but also psychological.
Unfortunately, it is most often women and mothers, who dedicate themselves to household organisation and childrearing in the family, who become vulnerable.
Besides educating the future or current spouses, partners and mothers on how to protect themselves legally and financially in case of the collapse of the family, EgLex also advocates to make adjustments in local legislation to offer that protection legally. Please contact them on www.eglex.org for further consultation.