Domestic violence


Education and economic equality make a contribution towards reducing domestic violence.

For a long time, violence at home or in close relationships was viewed as a private matter. This has now changed. When the German Act on Protection against Violence entered into force in 2002, it became clear, for instance, that there is a right to protection even if the violence takes place in a sphere of private life. Domestic violence is a social problem and is sanctioned. This message must be conveyed further to the perpetrators, and can contribute to reducing this violence.

An early intervention against domestic violence can prevent further violence from taking place.

A study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that a high level of education, the budgetary independence of women and the degree of personal strength and social support women receive are factors in preventing violence. According to the WHO, the degree of economic inequality between men and women is an indicator for partner violence. Putting women on an equal economic footing with men is therefore vital for preventing domestic violence.