The English version of the 1st Annual Report on Violence against Women in Greece, Athens, November 2020.

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The English version of the 1st Annual 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.

This report, which has been initiated by the governmental organization in charge of equality between women and men in Greece, is the first attempt to comprehensively present the phenomenon of violence against women in our country and to reflect the actions implemented at an institutional level regarding the prevention, combating, and elimination of this phenomenon.

Our aim is to regularly publish the “Annual Report on Violence against Women” on the occasion of the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The full length of the present report is 58 pages and it is mainly divided into three chapters followed by our priorities for the period 2021-2025 and bibliographic references.

The first chapter presents the institutional framework for addressing this form of violence at an international, European, and Greek level, with special reference to the amendments in Greek law of April 2018, following the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

The second chapter presents the forms of violence against women, as defined in texts of institutional bodies at an international, European, and Greek level. It then presents the national mechanisms and bodies among the competencies of which are the tackling and elimination of violence against women and the protection of women victims of gender-based violence and their children. It also presents the Network of Structures for preventing and combating gender-based violence and the support services offered to victims of gender-based violence.

This is followed by the actions that have been planned, implemented, and are ongoing for women who have suffered multiple discriminations during the 2016–2020 period. A detailed analysis follows for the data on violence against women produced by the Network of Structures, as well as the indicators provided by the Observatory for Equality. These data include the indicators recommended by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and the statistical depiction of quantitative measurements of violence against women.

The third chapter is dedicated to the first period of the covid-19 pandemic and the actions implemented by our organization for the protection of women victims of gender-based violence during the first lockdown.