30 Cases of Abuse Against Women Per Day in Greece


In Greece, a staggering 30 cases of abuse against women are reported every day, with a case of domestic violence recorded approximately every 45 minutes. The recent brutal murder of Kyriaki Griva has sparked widespread outrage and activism, with over 3,000 complaints of attacks against women flooding into the authorities since her tragic death.

The Minister of Citizen Protection, despite facing mounting criticism, admitted to the alarming frequency of these incidents, stating, "Every 45 minutes, we have a case of domestic violence, 30-40 cases of threats per day." However, despite the surge in complaints, only 20% of cases receive any meaningful resolution, leaving the vast majority of victims without justice.

The femicide of Kyriaki Griva, who was murdered outside a police station, has become a turning point in Greek society's conversation about gender-based violence. Not only has it highlighted the state's failure to protect women, but it has also put an end to victim-blaming narratives. Kyriaki, who sought help and turned to the police, was tragically murdered despite her efforts, prompting a collective reckoning with the pervasive issue of gender-based violence.

The public outcry over Kyriaki's murder has been palpable, with citizens expressing their frustration and anger, even on the official Facebook page of the Hellenic Police. In response to unrelated posts by law enforcement, citizens have criticised the authorities for their perceived inaction and misplaced priorities.

Even in the most remote parts of the country, Kyriaki's femicide has sparked discussions and calls for action. At a recent event organised by the Women's Association of a village in Aetolia-Acarnania, attendees expressed intense indignation and demanded justice for Kyriaki and all victims of gender-based violence.

Maria Gkasouka, an associate professor at the University of the Aegean and a speaker at the event, highlighted the need for systemic change to address the root causes of gender-based violence. She emphasised the failure of the state and legal system to protect women and called for greater accountability and enforcement of existing laws and international agreements, such as the Istanbul Convention.

As Greek society grapples with the aftermath of Kyriaki's murder, there is a growing sense of urgency to address the systemic failures that perpetuate gender-based violence and ensure that victims receive the protection and justice they deserve.

(Source: To Vima)

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