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Half of killed women are victims of 'their man'

The Local · 24 May 2012, 15:36

Published: 24 May 2012 15:36 GMT+02:00

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It is the first time that police figures have been issued listing murder and manslaughter victims in relation to the prime suspects in their killings – prompting experts to stress how commonplace domestic violence is towards women.

The German federal police (BKA) figures, obtained by daily newspaper the Süddeutsche Zeitung, show that of the 313 women killed in 2011, police named the husband, boyfriend or ex-partner as the prime suspect in 154 cases.

Of these suspects, 100 were married to the victim, 27 were their partner and a further 27 were a former partner.

Reverse the roles, though, and the statistics told a very different story. Of the 349 men who fell victim to murder or manslaughter in 2011, just 24 were believed to have been attacked by their female partner.

In 16 of these 24 cases, the suspect was the man's wife. Seven times it was a girlfriend or boyfriend and in one case it was the victim's same-sex civil partner.

Experts researching violent behaviour have taken the new figures as further proof that women predominantly experience violence in their own home, and often from their male partner, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

A separate study carried out by the country’s women's ministry supported this idea further as researchers found that out of the 10,000 German women they asked, a quarter had experienced physical violence from their husband, partner or ex.

One in 17 of the women said they had been subjected to severe physical or psychological abuse.

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Murder and manslaughter were “just the tip of the iceberg,” study leader Monika Schröttle told the paper. Women of all levels of education and social classes are affected, she said.

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17:03 May 24, 2012 by Mr. Wonderful
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17:16 May 24, 2012 by mobaisch
Mr. Wonderful,

If you hate Auslanders so much, why don't you go live in ausland! .. wait that did not make sense.. but i wont delete it.

but are you sure you wanna hate auslanders? will you never go somewhere out of Deutschland? I am sure you will also need to be Auslander somewhere sometime at some point of your life.. whether for a day or a month? ..at least to open your mind maybe..
20:50 May 24, 2012 by deutscherMann
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23:06 May 24, 2012 by CensorThis
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23:46 May 24, 2012 by YouMan
I neither have problem with statistics, but they should be "complete".

i.e., is a matter of fact that there are more brutal men than women, but if you show those statistics seems that men are evil against "poor and virginal" women. Otherwise many men are victims of psychological violence that often lead to suicide, but this kind of "murder" is not a proof and it never will be published as "statistics".

Think about it...
03:09 May 25, 2012 by hanskarl
Can there be anything more sardonic and sad than the placement of this article right above the one about Station sex shop celebrates Sunday sales....whew Local. Please reconsider your placing of stories. Then again one of the two biggest causes of marriage breakup has to do with the next subject line.
07:51 May 25, 2012 by Laura897
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08:45 May 25, 2012 by catjones
When there's a homicide, cops all over the world start with the close family, then to relatives, then neighbors. These 'findings' are hardly new.

CensorThis.....which dimension do you live in?
09:48 May 25, 2012 by Da Goat
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10:36 May 25, 2012 by CensorThis
@catjones - As usual, your comment shows your inability to comprehend what you are posting about. This article is not about peoples Aunts and Uncles killing them. You then continue with the typical politically correct argument winner of dismissing my comment as being so crazy it does not even fit in our dimension.

YouMan brings up a good point that women are more likely to psychologically abuse their partners. I know how upset my wife can get me when she is mad at me. I am more likely to punch a door and she is more likely to follow me around from room to room fighting.
12:10 May 25, 2012 by hardly
It is a sad statistic. the U.K. and U.S. do not have much better numbers. Domestic violence is a sensitive issue and seems more difficult to discuss than other societal problems.

DaGoat and CensorThis present analogies or personal anecdotes, but these comments are very insensitive to the issue and people who have experienced domestic abuse, be them men, women, transgender, etc. There is no reason to present other forms of domestic abuse in this article, not that it is irrelevant to society, but the study was conducted in a particular way with specific results. This is the Local, not a doctorate paper on domestic abuse. There is more rigorous literature and research papers published about all kinds of domestic abuse. Why have you two become so defensive for the sake of men and disregarding the content of this research is very disturbing for every person, regardless of gender.
16:09 May 25, 2012 by mikel taylor
98.35'% of all statistics are made up
16:18 May 25, 2012 by raandy
Domestic violence is a serious problem, with far reaching negative effects on children and family. Social pressure and economic pressure, disappointment, and frustration all are factors contributing to the loss of control.More ,is needed in the way of support and help for individuals that feel they are on or near the edge.Unfortunately for the potential abuser there are negative social sigmas that result from seeking this help and for many this is a serious fear not necessarily unfounded.
17:36 May 25, 2012 by Staticjumper
Wouldn't it be more informative it the BKA published the percentage of murders committed by men versus women? I checked their website but it doesn't report those statistics. I suspect that of the 662 murders cited in this article that a vast majority of victims, both men and women, are killed by men. Aren't men more likely to be killed in a violent crime (bar fight, robbery, drug-deal gone bad, etc) than women and thus drive down the percentage of men killed by loved ones? Another way of looking at it is that men are far more likely to be killed by strangers than women are.
00:14 May 26, 2012 by deutscherMann
Removed by what policy? Policy of English colonization?
15:51 May 27, 2012 by MrPC
@ deutscherMann

Anything other than politically correct views are frowned on here by the management. So think before you post.
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