Greece: Domestic Violence Increases after Financial Crisis
Monday, June 9, 2014 9:15 PM

Incidents of domestic violence against women have increased dramatically in Greece since the country's financial collapse in 2009. According to the Greek police, domestic violence reports were up 53.9 percent in 2011 and 22.2 percent in 2012, when compared to pre-crisis years. The national family violence hotline, SOS 15900, received nearly 13,000 calls between 2011 and 2012. While violence against women affects individuals of all classes, researchers argue that women whose partner is unemployed or poor may be more susceptible to violence. They also argue that “[h]igh levels of economic stress” cause increased incidents of domestic abuse.

Compiled from: Svarna, Foteini, Financial Crisis and Domestic Violence – The Case of Greece, The WIP (May 29, 2014).