69-year-old Greek beat his 70-year-old wife, a US citizen, to death

The bruises on the face and body of a 79-year-old American woman found dead in the apartment where she lived with her husband in the town of Ioannina, in northwestern Greece, were enough to convince police that the woman had been severely beaten.

According to local media and the state television and radio company ERT, the ambulance service of the city of Ioannina received a call late Sunday evening and they arrived at the scene. Doctors found the dead body of a woman on the floor with traces of severe beatings. The 69-year-old man admitted that he beat his wife after an argument. And he added that he did not intend to kill her.

The police arrested the perpetrator, and a criminal case has been opened against him. The coroner, who examined the body on the spot, determined that the cause of death of the woman was beatings. A more accurate result will be known after the autopsy. It is known that the victim is a US citizen.

Greece sees alarming growth in 2021 femicidein the past year 2021 alone, 17 women were killed by their current or former partners.

A woman from Ioannina became the first victim of femicide in 2022, with an average of 19 incidents of violence recorded daily in Greece. In 2021, the police services opened 6,834 cases, compared to 4,619 that were formed in 2020.

Last year, a total of 5,705 women were victims of domestic violence, a significant increase from the 3,626 women affected in 2020. Of the 7,695 victims of domestic violence in 2021, 5,705 were women and 1,990 were men.

As for the perpetrators, the police identified a total of 7,242 perpetrators last year, compared to 4,814 in 2020. In 2021, 5868 men and 1374 women became criminals, and in 2020 3966 men and 848 women.

According to ΕΛ.ΑΣ, domestic violence departments have been set up to combat this phenomenon. Recall that initially five began to function in Attica and one in Thessaloniki. In the future, it is planned to create similar departments in the regions.

Women’s organizations in Greece are demanding more severe punishment for the perpetrators and recognition of the term femicide.

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