Bhubaneswar: The State Commission for Women (SCW) on Thursday issued Whatsapp helpline number (8763543013) to address issues related to violence against women.

“During the lockdown period, it has been noticed that, number of violence against women has been increased throughout the State. For easy access to victims, the Commission introduces a WhatsApp helpline no 8763543013,” said the SCW in a statement.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Worried over incidents of domestic violence being reported across the country, on Tuesday directed Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay to take stringent action against the perpetrators.

Accordingly, the State police headquarters issued circular saying victims of domestic violence need not visit police stations to lodge complaints.

As per the circular, on receipt of complaint over telephone, the police will reach the spot/home to collect complaints/FIR and take necessary action. Victims can also approach police through Odisha Police citizen portal and Sahayata mobile App.

The SPs and DCPs have also been asked to widely publicize helpline numbers of police stations and police control room numbers for the convenience of women facing domestic abuse.