Domestic violence kills every three days in France

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PARIS, Nov 22, 2006 (AFP) - Close to 100 women have been killed by their partners in France since January, a government report showed Wednesday, with domestic violence claiming a woman's life on average every three days.

PARIS, Nov 22, 2006 (AFP) - Close to 100 women have been killed by their partners in France since January, a government report showed Wednesday, with domestic violence claiming a woman's life on average every three days.

Of the 113 domestic violence-linked killings recorded so far this year, 94 of the victims were women, according to a nationwide study published ahead of the international day against violence towards women on Saturday.

Almost half of the time, the women's deaths were linked to a break-up in their couple, and in more than half of cases the partner was unemployed.

Alcohol abuse was cited as a factor in a quarter of all murders.

Domestic violence also claimed the lives of 10 children under the age of six since the start of the year, according to the report, which was presented to the French cabinet on Wednesday.

According to a survey published in Le Parisien newspaper, almost a third of French people claim to know at least one person they believe is, or has been, a victim of violence in the home.

Three quarters believe the government needs to do more to stamp out the problem.

France this year adopted a law aimed at fighting domestic violence, forced marriages and genital mutilations. The legislation introduced stiffer penalties for domestic abusers and raised the age of marital consent for women from 15 to 18.

But rights group Amnesty International has urged the government to do more, and has criticising a lack of training among the police, the judiciary, doctors and social workers for tackling the problem.

According to Amnesty, victims are poorly informed of their rights, and those who dare to speak out are often not given shelter and financial support to protect them from abusive partners.

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Subject: French news

 

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