In 2021 a hot topic was the increase of domestic violence due to the Pandemic. In fact, according to the Annual Report of Domestic Security of the previous year, more than 27K reports of domestic violence occurred in Portugal and the officials’ numbers indicated that 32 people were killed in our country in that context.
Fighting domestic violence has been within the Vodafone's scope of action during the Pandemic. Vodafone Foundation, in partnership with the Association for Family Planning (APF) and with the support of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG), launched Bright Sky Portugal, a mobile application that provides useful information for victims of domestic violence and, in partnership with CIG launched the free SMS 3060 helpline, so that victims can send requests for help through writing, in a private and secure way. Additionally, from December 2021 Vodafone, would start offering the Telco services to the shelters for victims of domestic violence in the whole country.
Choosing Domestic Violence as the central theme of the Christmas campaign is perhaps not the obvious decision but was certainly the one that made sense this year, mobilising society around this cause and using technology to provide solutions for the victims.