“Very high numbers of cases of domestic violence” are registered by the White Ring – there are already more than 3,000 in the year that is now coming to an end.
In 2019, before the pandemic, Victim Support had 2,390 cases, in 2020 there were 2,914 cases, and in 2021, 2,799 cases of domestic violence were reported to White Ring.
Almost a fifth of all cases in which the White Ring helps involve violence within one's own four walls.
Domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking together accounted for more than 50 percent of White Ring victims.
77 percent of those seeking help are women.
"Domestic violence has received more attention in the media due to Corona, which is probably why more people have contacted us," said Liesching, calling for vigilance.
"Regardless of whether the crimes remain in the so-called dark field or come into the open - the violence is always there," explained the lawyer, who also heads the public prosecutor's office in Fulda.
“We must remain vigilant and sensitive, look out for warning signs and act to help as many victims as possible.”
In February, the White Ring called on Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz to take immediate action against violence in partnership with women.
"Every three days, a woman in Germany is killed by her partner or ex-partner," said Jörg Ziercke, also a member of the federal board of the aid organization, in the letter.