Violence against women continues to rise © Tiko Aramyan (shutterstock)
On the "International Day against Violence against Women", Federal Family Minister Giffey (SPD) calls the current figures "alarming". In 2018, more than 114.000 women have been victims of domestic violence.
For 2018, the Federal Criminal Court has released the "Criminal Statistical Evaluation of Partnership Violence". According to the statistics, a woman is dangerously injured by her partner more than once an hour. In the past year, a total of 140.755 people have been victims of attempted and completed violence. In 2017, there were still 138.893. At 81 percent, women are most affected.
114.000 women victims of domestic violence
German Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) presented the figures in Berlin today, Monday, which she called "very alarming". In all, he said, more than 114.000 women to be victims of domestic violence or threats. It is amed that the number of unreported cases is much higher, as not all cases are reported to the police.
In cases of rape, sexual assault and sexual assault in partnerships, he said, 98.4 percent of victims are female. In the case of threats, stalking, and coercion in relationships, 88.5 percent of the victims are women; in the case of intentional, simple bodily harm, 79.9 percent of the victims are women; and in the case of murder and manslaughter in relationships, 77 percent of the victims are women. Also covered are deprivation of liberty, pimping and forced prostitution.
Violence occurs in all social classes
Statistics show 122 women killed by their partner or former partner in 2018, up from 147 in 2017. According to dark field studies, every third woman is affected by violence once in her life. This violence occurs in all social classes, age groups and also ethnic groups, emphasized Giffey.
The Federal Minister for Family Affairs is therefore launching the "Stronger than Violence" initiative with the aim of encouraging affected women and men to seek support and making the support services better known. It belongs so far to 13 organizations. According to her, 120 million euros will flow into the expansion of capacities in women's shelters over the next four years.
"Together against violence against women"
With the funding program "Together against Violence against Women," the minister wants to provide an additional 120 million euros over the next four years, starting in 2020, to expand counseling centers and women's shelters. Currently, he said, there are just under 7 in women's shelters.000 places, 20 are necessary.000.
Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) called it a "disgusting phenomenon" in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" when attempts are made to target women via sexualized insults. People often say, "You mustn't be so sensitive, it's part of freedom of expression. When someone calls me the F-word, it no longer has anything to do with freedom of expression. This is simply an insult."
Women should support each other more
The minister also said she would like to see women in general supporting each other even more. She also referred to professional areas that are currently not very child-friendly. Germany, however, is on the right path, for example, there is a legal right to daycare places. "What is still missing is an entitlement to all-day schools at primary school age."