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More reported sexual crimes in Q1 this year

19.05.2022 - 15:29
Mynd: Eggert Þór Jónsson / RÚV
176 sexual crimes were reported to police in the first quarter of this year. Police in Iceland received 610 notifications of domestic violence and altercations between closely connected or related individuals during the same three months—equivalent to seven per day. This represents a 19 percent increase on January, February, and March last year.

According to a press release from the police, the number of domestic abuse reports in the capital region went down in the first quarter, while there were more such reports in the rest of the country.

According to police records, two out of every three domestic abuse cases related to current or former spouses or partners.

A quarter of cases related to family relatives, such as violence between children and parents. The number of such cases has gone up over the past year—both where parents are violent towards their children, and vice versa.

64 cases of "other" sexual crimes

A total of 176 sexual abuse cases were reported to the police during the first three months of this year, or six percent more than the average for the same period over the past three years.

Among these cases were 59 reported rapes, which is roughly 17 percent more than Q1 in the past three years.

39 notifications of sexual abuse against children were received by the police, which is also more than in recent years. There were 14 recorded gross indecency cases, which represented a drop on previous years.

The police also received 64 notifications of “other sexual abuses”, which, in most cases, relate to online sexual abuse, or sexual harassment.

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Alexander Elliott
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