The 2nd National Report on Violence against Women in Greece

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The English translation of the full text of the 2nd National Report on Violence against Women in Greece has been just uploaded on the website of the General Secretariat for Demography and Family Policy and Gender Equality (GSDFPGE) at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, i.e. the governmental organization in charge of gender equality issues in Greece: The Report was first publicized on the 25th of November, 2021 on the occasion of the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women.


The first part is dedicated to the presentation of the institutional framework at the European and national level, with particular reference to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its signature (2011-2021).


The second part refers extensively to the phenomenon of femicide, the most extreme form of gender-based violence. This is followed by a presentation of the actions on violence against women carried out by the GSDFPGE, its Network of Structures (Counseling Centers and Women’s Shelters) and the Research Centre for Gender Equality (ΚΕTHΙ).


At the third part, our Observatory on Gender Equality presents the statistical data of the GSDFPGE regarding the forms of violence against women, as recorded by the competent state bodies and agencies, the Hellenic Police, the judicial authorities, the National Centre of Social Solidarity, etc., as well as the data recorded by the network of structures of GSDFPGE and the 15900 SOS line.


The Report reference period is November 2020 - October 2021. It should be noted that the data presented covered the period November 2020 - September 2021 for statistical purposes. The methodology adopted for the theoretical part of the report was desk research through literature review of the institutional texts and policies at an international, European and national level, grey literature, as well as studies on gender-based violence. As regards the statistical data, their collection takes place following a request on an annual basis, addressed to the Network of Structures on preventing and combating gender violence and the competent GSDFPGE department.


Undoubtedly, empowering women and combating gender-based and domestic violence is not just a matter of political will and legislative framework. The proactive stance and action of the citizens themselves is a prerequisite. It is necessary, through our own example, to create a new collective culture of Equality, Dignity, Democracy and Freedom.