The Greek Police (ELAS) will be creating a new department to deal with domestic violence issues, according to a recent announcement.
The members of the new department will be tasked with the prevention of violence inside the family. They will receive special training to be able to deal with this serious social issue.
The new structure will include two central departments for domestic violence, one in Athens and the other in Thessaloniki. Additional units will be established in smaller cities and towns across the country as well.
The new department will also begin collecting data to create a nationwide database with statistics regarding domestic violence incidents, including demographic information on the perpetrators and victims.
The trained staff will handle these difficult situations based on very specific guidelines. The aim of the new department, apart from dealing with the immediate situations, will also be to raise public awareness on the overall issue of domestic violence in Greece.
If you experience domestic violence and you live in Greece, you can call either the Greek police, using the number 100, or call the dedicated helpline at 1440. This special line is staffed by psychologists and social workers who are trained in using special communication techniques over the phone.
The domestic violence hotline is run by the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family.