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Domestic violence in Germany has been on the rise over the past 5 years

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BERLIN — The number of victims of domestic violence in Germany has risen 3.4% over the past five years and the vast majority of them are women, the German government said on Thursday.

A government report indicated that there were 143,604 cases of domestic violence in 2021, an increase of 4,711 from 2017. However, the true number is likely much higher, as many victims are afraid to report domestic violence to the police.

According to the report’s data for 2021, 80.3% of victims were female, while 78.8% of suspects were male.

“Every hour, an average of 13 women are confronted with partner violence. Almost every day a partner or ex-partner tries to kill a woman. Almost every third day, a woman dies at the hands of her current or previous partner. That’s the reality. The reality is also that many victims of violence are afraid to get help,” Family Affairs Minister Lisa Paus told reporters in Berlin while presenting the report.

Pope said services aimed at helping women urgently need to be expanded “so that in the future women everywhere in Germany will find a safe haven and expert advice and assistance.”

Secretary of the Interior Nancy Faeser said it is also important that perpetrators face the consequences of their crimes.

“Men who commit violence against women, psychologically or physically, are criminals – criminals whom we prosecute with the utmost severity,” Faeser said. “Because what they are doing is abhorrent and fundamentally contrary to our fundamental social values.”

The data also showed a 3% drop in reported domestic violence cases between 2020 and 2021. But it’s not clear how reliable these figures are, as previous reports have shown that many victims found it more difficult to report violence during pandemic lockdowns .

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