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Portugal: Authorities register rise in domestic violence complaints, deaths in 2022


Complaints in Portugal about domestic violence in 2022 recorded the highest number of the last four years, with the PSP and GNR registering 30,389 incidents last year, according to the domestic violence portal.

The portal, published on the website of the commission for citizenship and gender equality (CIG), also reveals that incidents of domestic violence recorded by the Public Security Police (PSP) and the National Republican Guard (GNR) increased 14% last year compared to 2021.

The CIG also states that in 2022, 28 deaths were registered in the context of domestic violence, 24 of which were women and four children.

Compared to 2021, there were five more homicides, but in 2020 there were 32 fatalities and in 2019 there were 35.

In 2022, children who died in the context of violence increased, as in previous years there had been two fatalities and in 2019 it was one.

According to the domestic violence portal, the PSP and GNR registered 29,223 complaints in 2019, figures that drop to 27,619 and 26,651 in 2020 and 2021, respectively (two years marked by confinements due to the Covid-19 pandemic), and rose again in 2022 to 30,389.

The portal, which publishes quarterly statistics on crimes and voluntary manslaughter in the context of domestic violence, reports that from October to December 2022, 7,129 incidents were recorded by the PSP and GNR.

During the past year, it was in the third quarter that more crimes were recorded, a total of 8,887, followed by the second quarter (7,641), the fourth and the first (6,732).

According to the data, the national network of support to victims of domestic violence received between October and December last year, 1,455 people, of which 54.2% were women and 44.7% children.

According to the CIG, last year 967 victims were transported and 16,736 protection measures were applied by teleassistance in the scope of the crime of domestic violence.

In the last quarter of 2022, 1,151 coercive measures were applied within the scope of the crime of domestic violence and 3,078 people are currently in programs for aggressors.

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