Family violence on the increase in Belgium
19 August 2005, BRUSSELS — The level of family violence has risen in the past five years, federal police statistics revealed on Friday.
19 August 2005
BRUSSELS — The level of family violence has risen in the past five years, federal police statistics revealed on Friday.
Violence committed between former partners has particularly increased, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported.
In 2000, there were 18,239 cases of intentional beatings and injuries within families compared with 21,073 in 2004.
The biggest increase in family violence took place among former partners, with 7,084 cases in 2000 compared with 10,137 last year.
There was a small rise in the beating and injuring of parents by offspring, increasing from 654 to 793 cases.
The same was also true for violence committed by parents against children younger than 16 (rising from 560 to 735).
Other relatives, such as grandparents, were also victims of an increasing amount of violence. In 2000, there were 154 cases and 163 cases in 2004.
The only form of family violence that appears to be declining is crimes against the child, such as child abductions.
The number of these crimes fell from 2,356 in 2000 to 2,069 last year.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news