Disadvantaged households expected to suffer from domestic violence: Reports

In Belgium, Europe, the maximum number of households that lack the essential resources or conditions are more expected to be suffering from domestic violence, as per the reports shared by the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology.

The researchers have analyzed the statistical data from 1886 to 2016 and have discovered that domestic violence is responsible for about 10 per cent of deaths nationally. The average death in the nation that is because of the homicide is observed as 2 or 3 per cent, which means that in real terms, 150–200 homicides in every year.

The data from the public prosecutor’s office indicates that there were around 41 victims of intimate partner homicide in 2017, 40 in 2018, 29 in 2019 and 28 in 2020.

Moreover, around 80 per cent of the female homicides were perpetrated by their partners. The researchers have highlighted the difficulty in getting precise figures.

One out of three women is affected by domestic violence in all over the European Union, according to the figures from the European Commission.

Along with this, the institution notes that under-reporting is a severe issue as a maximum number of incidents of violence against women do not get attention from police officials. There is 30 per cent of the people that have reported the most severe cases to the police.

For getting the precise information about domestic violence in Belgium, the researchers cross-referenced records from the public prosecutor’s office with the data from the national register. However, this has covered about 40,000 reports of domestic violence.

Furthermore, 76 per cent of the suspects were from Belgium as well as 85 per cent had Belgian nationality. Sixty-two per cent of the cases have involved physical violence, while harassment, as well as threats, accounted for 20 per cent.

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