There were 602 cases of domestic violence officially registered by the Armenian police in 2017. Women’s rights NGOs received around 5,000 hotline calls.
However, the real numbers of domestic assault that occurred are undoubtably higher.
This number only takes into account the amount of reports that police officers decided to record. Most of the time, police officers do not make reports of domestic violence claims. This number also does not take into account those classified as “irreconcilable families” or those not reported at all.
This article speaks more about it.
When women are continuously murdered as a result of misogyny that’s rooted in social constructs, it’s called Femicide.
Femicide implies that there is a connection between committing the crime and the female gender of the victim.
Femicide is not exclusively linked to the physical act of murder. Femicide can occur indirectly. Exposure to intolerable levels of physical and psychological violence over extended periods of time often lead victims to forced suicide.
Women who threaten to leave their partner are the most at-risk for being killed.
Men in Armenia take their partners disobedience as a sign of disrespect. More often than not, this leads to more aggression.
Additional factors (cultural stigma around divorce, lack of economic opportunities for women, etc.) make it difficult for women to leave toxic relationships.
The victims death certificates will claim their death was a result of suicide, regardless of the circumstance. Abusive partners are rarely prosecuted for their crimes.
This article published by the New York Times is dedicated to informing the public about the realities of post-mortem Armenian women killed as a result of domestic violence.