The Regional Legal Affairs Bureau announced this week that consultation hotlines for abused women would be manned for longer that usual this week in a bid to raise public awareness of the hotline.
The service is designed to offer support and advice to women who are victims of bullying, domestic violence or sexual harassment at work.
According to an NHK report, the phones are manned in shifts at the Regional Legal Affairs Bureau headquarters in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. The bureau says that last year, around 23,200 callers sought advice from the hotline.
The hotline is currently open on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. It is being extended until Nov 20 to include Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
A bureau spokesperson said that the majority of the calls received were in relation to abuse and domestic violence perpetrated by husbands and partners, NHK reported. About 1,900 calls concerned divorce proceedings and financial difficulties.
The bureau also receives calls from women who are victims of psychological abuse, such as those who are being pressured to have children, but are finding it difficult to conceive,NHK said.
The hotline can be reached at 0570-070-810.© Japan Today