Germany Sees Increase in Domestic Violence in 2020

Germany saw a 4.4% increase in known cases of actual or attempted violence against domestic partners last year, the vast majority of them against women.

More than 80% of the victims were women, and authorities believe a very significant number of cases go unreported, Holger Muench, the head of the Federal Criminal Police Office said. Last year, 122,537 suspects were arrested, a 3.7% increase over 2019, he said.

Christine Lambrecht, Germany’s minister for women, said a study is being prepared to look into the number of cases that go unreported and why.

It is not sure whether or not the coronavirus lockdowns have anything to do with this upsurge.