Series continues – already 5 murders: when it gets dangerous for women

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The terrifying string of femicides in Austria continues this year – five women have already fallen victim to the most brutal violence. The perpetrators can almost always be found in the family circle – murder of the (former) partner is the last stage of the escalation.

The gruesome death of a young mother from Vienna falls outside this framework – she was murdered by a homeless person in her apartment – but the four other murders probably do not. A 59-year-old in Baden stabbed to death by her brother. A 34-year-old in Mürzzuschlag, Styria, who was found covered in blood in the basement of an apartment building and died shortly afterwards. Emergency suspect: the partner (33).

A 61-year-old lies dead in front of a mortuary on the Völkermarkt in Carinthia. Although she froze to death, her injuries were not the result of an accident or fall. And now a 19-year-old who died with a snow pole in a forest in Bad Leonfelden, Upper Austria. An 18-year-old was arrested. He had confessed the bloody deed to his brother.

Violence against women is on the rise
In addition, in January of this year alone, there were six suspected attempted murders or cases of serious violence in which the husband, partner or relatives are believed to be the perpetrators, as well as six cases of serious violence in which the woman was accidentally victimized.

Last year, 28 women in Austria were murdered by men, 27 of whom were probably by (former) partners, an acquaintance or a family member. In 2021 there was another female murder victim – and in 2018 a frightening high of 41 femicides had to be recorded.

On average, 30 women per year died in the most brutal ways since 2014 – 2.5 per month! In European comparison, Austria is in the top third, and in some years even in the sad top. We spoke to experts about when things get dangerous for women in a relationship and where to get help.

Source: Krone

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