Greece

Population size: 

10,716,320 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

54% increase in cases of domestic violence in 2011 and another increase of 22% in 2012. The vast majority of the victims were women. 10 women were killed in domestic violence incidents in 2011, 5 in 2012, and 8 in the first 11 months of [2013]. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 states that "data on prosecutions, convictions, and prison sentences for rape and domestic violence were unavailable" (US 27 Feb. 2014, 24). A report published by the UN Committee against Torture also expresses concern about "the absence of comprehensive and disaggregated data on complaints, investigations, prosecutions and convictions of cases.” (UN 27 June 2012, para 28). [2]

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) reportedly received more than 28,000 complaints of domestic violence between 2010 and 2018. [3]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

EUR Cost of interpersonal violence against women 2,405,567,883

EUR Cost of interpersonal violence 2,693,291,614

EUR Cost of gender-based violence against women 4,978,367,774

EUR Cost of gender-based violence 5,703,427,338 [4]

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

The Bicommunal Technical Committee on Gender Equality reports that DOMESTIC VIOLENCE incidents have increased by 58% since the lockdown, from mid-March to 22 April. [5]

April 2020 the calls for domestic violence incidents quadrupled from 166 to 648 in comparison to the previous month. [6]


Current law and policy:

Greece commits to ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women.

Greece commits to ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO). Furthermore, Greece intends to take the following measures to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls: creation of nine counselling centres at the regional and 27 at the local level aiming at providing psychosocial and legal support, as well as upgrading of the existing infrastructure; awareness raising campaigns and dissemination of information materials in various languages; continuing training of social counsellors; creation of 21 shelters for abused women and their children; mainstreaming of gender-responsive policies in government action.


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Sources


[1] The World Bank, (1).

[2] https://www.refworld.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/rwmain?page=search&docid=53b137394&skip=0&query=domestic%20violence&coi=GRC

[3] https://www.ekathimerini.com/251820/article/ekathimerini/news/warnings-of-possible-%20spike-in-domestic-violence (April 2020)

[4] https://eige.europa.eu/publications/estimating-costs-gender-based-violence-european-union-report (page 142) (2012)

[5] https://www.financialmirror.com/2020/05/07/covid19-domestic-abuse-spikes-in-lockdown-divided-cyprus/ (May 2020)

[6] https://www.equalitylaw.eu/downloads/5135-greece-significant-increase-of-domestic-violence-during-the-lockdown-105-kb (May 2020)


Further Reading


[1] UN Women, (10).