We women still have a long way to go

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Yes, it is a relief when justice works. When domestic abusers pay a price for their actions, when the system follows the legal procedure without discounts due to personal acquaintances or influence from powerful friends.

There is no end to the serious injuries inflicted on women by their husbands and partners, the - sometimes - fatal attacks, and the open use of violence. In the first five months of 2024, there have been 5,500 arrests of perpetrators of family violence. Women tolerate abuse, are threatened, and remain silent. They endure and remain silent. They are scared. They become stuck in a nightmarish reality until the moment they decide to claim the basic rights that they have been deprived of. The Greek state has taken important steps - recently also in the form of laws - toward protecting and supporting the victims of abuse, even when the victims themselves refuse...

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