On the occasion of the International Day of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women on November 25, Brandenburg’s Women’s Minister Ursula Nonnemacher (Greens) called for more sensitivity in dealing with victims of violence.
“We have to take the warning signs of violence seriously and break a taboo. Only the perpetrators have to feel guilty,” emphasized the politician on Wednesday, according to a statement. Law enforcement and the judiciary would have to become even more sensitive and also shorten procedures, said Nonnemacher. The “ordeal of many women is often long anyway, especially when children are involved.”
According to the ministry, domestic violence remained high in Brandenburg last year, with a good 5,000 crimes recorded. The police also assume that the number of unreported cases is high because actions are not reported. It is said that women are mostly affected.
There are currently 295 places available for women and their children in 24 shelters in Brandenburg. According to the Istanbul Convention, 625 places would be required. According to the ministry, the necessary expansion of the women’s welfare system has begun. From 2025, 60 additional beds (about 20 family rooms) should be available.
The United Nations declared November 25, 1999 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The initiative came about in response to a serious case of violence against women in the Dominican Republic. Since November 25, 2001, many municipalities in Germany have been taking a stand against violence against women and girls.
The flags are also to be hoisted again on Friday at the Ministry of Family Affairs and in the inner courtyard of the Brandenburg State Parliament. The Istanbul Convention is the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. (dpa)