Bulgaria sees a 50% increase in domestic violence murders

The number of women in Bulgaria being murdered by someone close to them has increased significantly over the past 3 years.  Can this trend be reversed?

Eliza Archer
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Why this story matters:

According to the Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria has seen a 50% increase in women murdered by close acquaintances or family members over the past three years. In 2018, jealousy was cited as the motivation in more than half of these murders.

Despite proactive movement from the courts, domestic violence is a serious and growing issue.

The blame for this increase is placed on failures in the educational, social and health systems. The lack of funding for mental health issues is also of special concern.

Details from the story:

  • One third of the murders of women in Bulgaria are committed at home, or by someone close to the female victim.
  • Jealously was the motivation for more than half of the reported murders in 2018.
  • In 2018, the murders of 33 women were domestic violence related.
  • The Ministry of Interior is investigating these case seriously and courts are reacting quickly.
  • Proposals have been made to change sentence terms for acts of domestic violence.
  • Blame is being placed on lack of education, social services and mental health care.
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