25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. UN figures show that one in three women have been subjected to physical or sexual violence and five women or girls are killed every hour by someone in their own family. Gender-based violence and domestic violence are among the most common crimes worldwide. To combat this type of crime, a risk assessment algorithm and information system will be put in place to help police officers from the beginning of next year. The project " Improvement of the efficiency of the police activity in the field of domestic and gender-based violence" is funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and implemented by the Directorate General of National Police.
The algorithm will unify the activities as well as the actions followed by police officers across the country in similar situations of domestic and gender-based violence in order to protect victims. The algorithm has proven to be a reliable tool and is being implemented in countries as Germany, Austria, Portugal and Sweden.
The automated information system will store, summarise and provide data that will allow quick reaction, adequate assessment and lawful follow-up actions by police officers in case of a report of domestic and gender-based violence.
The project also provides training for police officers across the country.