Spike in domestic violence reports raises concerns in Greece

Authorities have received a flurry of reports regarding incidents of domestic violence since Monday. A total of 142 complaints have been filed, resulting in 54 arrests. 

The spike in reports follows the recent femicide in Agioi Anargyroi, where Kyriaki Griva tragically lost her life, allegedly murdered by her former partner right outside the police station. 

Femicide or homicide?

The demand for a legislative act that would establish the crime of femicide as a distinct - and more serious - form of homicide has been fueled recently by the brutal murders of women which have featured in the media.

Bureaucratic apathy

Apathy and a shortage of professionalism and sensitivity can lead to tragedy. The Greek state is wholly unprepared to meet the basic challenges before us. This became evident in the darkest possible way with the recent shocking femicide.

Incapable of improving

How many femicides and how many "national action plans" on violence against women still need to happen before the police can implement a protocol in cases of complaints like the one in Agioi Anargyroi late Monday night?

Gov’t pledges thorough investigation after woman is killed outside police precinct

The Greek government has pledged to conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether all necessary protocols were followed by the police force following the fatal stabbing of a 28-year-old woman outside an Athens police precinct, where she had just sought protection from her ex-boyfriend.

President calls for zero tolerance for gender-based violence

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou has called for zero tolerance for gender-based violence, following the murder of a 28-year-old woman in an Athens suburb by her former partner.

"The murder of the 28-year-old woman … another case of femicide, has shocked and angered us," the president said.