According to Greek law enforcement officials, the number of cases of domestic violence is on the rise.
Typically, 19 incidents are recorded daily. Police services opened 6,834 cases in 2021, up from 4,619 that were formed in 2020.
Last year, a total of 5,705 women were victims of domestic violence, significantly more than the 3,626 women affected in 2020. Of the 7695 victims of domestic violence in 2021, 5705 were women and 1990 were men.
As for the criminals, the police identified a total of 7,242 people last year, up from 4,814 in 2020. 5868 men and 1374 women became criminals in 2021, and 3966 men and 848 women in 2020.
According to ΕΛ.ΑΣ, domestic violence departments have been set up to combat this phenomenon. Recall that initially five were created in Attica and one in Thessaloniki. In the future, it is envisaged to create similar departments in the regions.
17 murders in 2021
In 2021, the country recorded 17 murders of women, crimes that shocked and worried the public. And shortly before the end of the year in Thessaloniki, fortunately, another terrible incident was avoided.
The aggravated problem of murder of women and domestic violence in general (femicide) worries society and authorities. As it is clear that the years of the pandemic, with isolation and restrictions, have led to the longest stay at home for people, and therefore an increase in the number of such incidents.