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Violence against women up by 47 percent

New study links econonomic recession to men's violent behaviour

A new study shows that the economic recession gives rise to domestic violence against women, which has increased by 47% in recent months. At the same time, couples' sexual activity has decreased by 34%

A pedestrian walks over an illustration to draw attention to domestic violence against women on International Women's Day in Istanbul (Reuters) A pedestrian walks over an illustration to draw attention to domestic violence against women on International Women's Day in Istanbul (Reuters) Domestic violence against women has increased by 47% in Greece in recent months, a new study shows.

Verbal abuse is the most common type of men's violence against women (72%), followed by economic blackmail (59%), sexual humiliation (55%), beating (23%), rape (18%) and inflicting injury (8%).

The study, carried out by the Research Association of Human Sexuality (Emas) and the Andrological Institute, is entitled “Crisis Greece and the Memorandum”. The findings are based on telephone interviews with a sample of 600 men and 400 women.

44% of men who demonstrated violent behaviour against their partner were unemployed, 39% were facing financial difficulties and only 17% were financially robust.

At the same time the frequency of sexual intercourse decreased by 34% in the last year.

When asked to what extent the Memorandum has affected their sexual life, 39% of men replied “very much”, 30% “somewhat” and 31% “not at all”.

The most common emotions felt by men were insecurity (61%), anger (50%), disappointment (35%) and fear (19%).

One in three women have been beaten by their partner at least once their lifetime, the study showed.

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