The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. The country’s overall murder rate is near zero
“What began as accusations against two Christian brothers has escalated into a devastating wave of violence, resulting in the destruction of over 20 churches & 500 homes”
An avalanche of reports of domestic violence followed the news of the abuse of an 18-year-old girl in Stara Zagora, but court orders for permanent victim protection increased even earlier in the year.
This is what Zornitsa Shumanova, who heads the new unit for combating domestic violence at the National Police, told bTV:
With 144 votes "in favor", the Bulgarian parliament adopted the amendments to the Law on Protection from Domestic Violence in the first reading. With them, "intimate relationship" is equated to marital partnership and cohabitation without marriage, and victims receive the same opportunities for protection.