New Femicide Shocks Greece: Woman Murdered by Her Ex

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A 28-year-old woman was murdered as she sought help from the police. Credit: AMNA

In another case of femicide in Greece, a 28-year-old woman was fatally stabbed on Monday evening, shortly after she had gone to her local police station in Agioi Anargyroi, northern Athens, to seek police protection against her ex-boyfriend.

Investigators have established that her 39-year-old ex-boyfriend, who is presently hospitalized after hurting himself with the same knife he used to murder the young woman, repeatedly stabbed her.

The 28-year-old reportedly saw her lover hanging around outside her home on Monday night and decided to call the cops for assistance. It seems that the attacker followed her there, stood waiting outside, and attacked her a little distance from the structure.

An internal police inquiry was launched on Tuesday. The actions of the officers at the police station where she filed the complaint are being investigated, with some reports suggesting that the young woman had asked for protection on her way back home but was told that there were no police cars available to escort her.

The same reports also suggest that she was calling the 100 emergency number to ask for an escort when she was attacked.

Rise in femicide crime shocks Greece

In the past few years there has been a rise in femicide crime in Greece.

The high-profile case of Caroline Crouch in 2021 brought the issue of femicide to national attention. This case also highlighted how societal views can be problematic, with the defense attempting to justify the crime.

The crime was unique, as rates of violent crime are comparatively low in Greece. The revelation of a marriage to a seemingly nice guy who is actually a monster that murders his mate, has shaken the cultural cornerstone of “a loving Greek family with a devoted husband and father.”

There are ongoing efforts to address the issue. Activists are pushing for femicide to be recognized as a separate crime with harsher punishments, and there are calls for improved support systems for victims of domestic violence.

In 2022 Greece put the panic button, a digital application that will instantly help you reach out for help if you find yourself in a difficult situation, into law.

The panic button sends a short text message to the police in instances in which family violence is associated with a threat or danger to life and physical integrity. The purpose is immediate intervention by the police force.

In short, there will be a three-digit number that you call with your mobile phone and then immediately click on the ‘panic’ indicator that comes out on the screen.

Those eligible for registration during the pilot operation of the program include women who are victims of domestic violence. Particularly, it refers to female victims living in the region of Attica and the regional unit of Thessaloniki.

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