Germany recorded a sharp increase in the number of reported domestic violence cases in 2022, police announced on Tuesday. Last year there were 240.547 cases of domestic violence reported, in which 71,1 percent of victims were women and 28,9 percent were men. According to the annual report, 76,7 percent of the perpetrators were men and 23,7 percent were women. Overall, the number of reported cases is 8,5 percent higher than it was in the previous year.
In two-thirds of cases, victims and perpetrators were involved in an intimate relationship. This includes a romantic relationship that was ongoing and also relationships that had ended at the time when the report was made. In 60 percent of cases, victims were abused by current partners and in 40 percent of cases they were targeted by ex-partners.
The figures come just a month after Funke newspaper published the results of a survey which found that more than one-third of men in Germany between the ages of 18 and 35 believe that it is “acceptable” if “their hand slipped” during a dispute with a woman partner.
In other cases, the relationship between victim and abuser was familial; 37 percent of victims were the children or grandchildren of their abuser. Overall, details of the reports reveal a sharp rise in rape, sexual coercion and assault.
702 of the cases reported in 2022 led to homicide or attempted homicide. Of these cases, 58 men and 181 women were fatally injured.
Source : Expat