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The government has increased the budget for violence protection and prevention in the coming year to 24.3 million euros. On Wednesday, ministers presented exactly where the money should go. So-called “violence ambulances” are planned.

Victims of violence should be able to be examined there free of charge and existing traces secured. Justice Minister Alma Zadic (Greens) is currently working on the concept, which is to be implemented across the board. It is still unclear when the new centers will go into operation. Other innovations include the expansion of counseling hours for men and the introduction of contact via chat, said Minister for Women Susanne Raab (ÖVP). In this way, access for those affected should be as low-threshold as possible. Obligatory counseling for men About a year ago, obligatory violence prevention counseling was introduced at various associations such as reboot. This must always be completed when the police issue a ban on entering and approaching. So far this year, around 10,000 people have been affected, primarily men. In Austria, “on average, two women are murdered by men every month,” said Social Affairs Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) in a press conference on Wednesday. The government would not accept this figure. When it comes to violence against women, the perpetrators are usually (ex-)partners. In this context, Rauch referred to the anti-violence campaign “Mannsprechen’s an” (Mann speaks an), which is intended, among other things, to encourage non-violent men to intervene in incidents and offer help. In addition, men at risk should be encouraged to talk about their problems. Criticism from women’s organizations Seven million euros are budgeted for violence prevention in the coming year, this year it was four million euros. For some women’s organizations, the existing and newly added measures do not go far enough. The fight against violence against women is “still not being carried out with the seriousness that women deserve,” said the chairwoman of the Austrian women’s association Klaudia Frieben in a broadcast. Among other things, your organization demands 228 million euros annually for protection against violence and a permanent crisis management team.

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