Domestic violence in Germany: Woman killed every 3 days

Date: 
November, 2018
Country: 
Germany

The number of domestic violences cases in Germany is an "unimaginable order of magnitude," says the family minister. A woman is killed by a partner or ex-partner every three days.

German Women's Affairs Minister Franziska Giffey on Tuesday pledged to crack down on domestic violence after revealing domestic figures for 2017.

Cases of domestic violence have risen almost 10 percent over the past three years, however only a fraction of victims actually report abuse.

Almost 140,000 cases of violence within relationships were reported.

Each day, on average, a man attempted to kill his female partner or ex-partner. In 147 of those cases, they were successful.

There were thousands of cases of rape, bodily injury, stalking and sexual assault.

Women were the victim in 82 percent of cases, however 32 men were killed.

German citizens were the aggressors in two thirds of cases.

The Federal Chairman of the Workers' Welfare Association Wolfgang Stadler said he was appalled by the figures and called for better support. "Traditional ideas of masculinity and the linking of masculinity and violence finally belong on the rubbish heap of history", Stadler said. He said it was a scandal that women's shelters in Germany still do not receive stable and adequate financing.

Minister Giffey said: "For a modern country like Germany, this is an unimaginable order of magnitude."

Source: DW