German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on citizens to intervene on behalf of women who are the victims of violence.
Speaking in her weekly podcast released on Saturday, Merkel said people should "intervene when violence threatens to happen or actually occurs."
The perpetrators should be aware that they will be brought to justice and female victims of violence should know that there are sources of support, she said.
In Germany there are around 350 women's shelters and apartments that offer refuge to women. The federal government is working to ensure that violence against women is effectively combatted at all levels.
"We must never look the other way when girls or women are threatened," said Merkel, speaking ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which is on Nov 25.
Several of Germany's 16 federal states have reported in recent months that women's shelters have received significantly more calls for help from women seeking protection.
Experts say that the forced physical proximity brought about by shutdown measures exacerbates existing tensions. - dpa
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