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Domestic violence in Albania on rise: report
September 13,2017   By:Xinhua
TIRANA, Sept.13,2017-- The domestic violence is reaching alarming levels in Albania as at least one victim is reported each month as a result of such violence, a report from the state statistical office showed Friday.
 
Meanwhile the average number of people who are arrested each month for domestic violence is two and the total figure for this year is 458, according to the report.
 
Albanian authorities have admitted that this phenomenon has recently become more serious as only this year there have been 11 victims of domestic violence, all women killed by their husbands.
 
On the other hand, authorities say that there are 12 women each month who report their husbands and loved ones to the authorities for use of domestic violence.
 
According to Albanian state police records, the number of denouncements made by women for domestic violence was 3,000 in the period from January to July, 2017.
 
As a result, the courts have issued 1,563 restraining orders for women who have been subjected to violence but the experts of the field say that in most of cases such orders are inefficient.
 
Late August, Albanian public opinion was shocked by the murder of a 39-year old woman, a judge, who was killed by her husband in Albanian capital.
 
The judge remained dead after she was shot with a fire arm while the fact that she already had had two protection orders raised people's anger towards country's justice system.
 
The judge's murder triggered the reactions of the highest officials of the Albanian state as well as civil society considering that this was the first time that a woman judge was killed in Albania, but also because the number of women killed by their husbands is growing.