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“Lady, Police Cars Are Not Taxis” – Then She Was Killed by Ex-Boyfriend

ATHENS – A 28-year-old woman stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend outside a police station in the Greek capital where she went seeking help and then an escort back home was told “Lady, police cars are not taxis,” then ambushed.

Reports said the victim, Kyriaki Griva, stayed eight minutes inside the Agioi Anargyroi police station before she exited and was fatally stabbed by her former partner, right next to the precinct. He was not identified and was hospitalized after stabbing himself.

The call center operator, whose name wasn’t given – nor those of the others suspended – is being investigated by police and faces criminal and administrative charges for refusing to provide help for the victim.

The New Democracy government that had set up programs to help deal with domestic violence and protect women said protocols weren’t followed and that how the incident happened would be fully investigated.

In August 2021, a guide with instructions for police response to domestic violence was distributed that advised women to go to a police station for help or make a complaint although it didn’t state they would be given a ride home.

The guide says that domestic violence is prosecuted and that a complaint or report is enough to begin the process, the woman also having a restraining order against her former boyfriend in 2020, accusing him of abuse and rape.

It wasn’t said why he wasn’t prosecuted on those allegations but reports said the woman went to the station because he was loitering outside her home in apparent violation of the order and leading her to fear for her safety. It was stressed that “all the competent police services have the obligation to act immediately.”

The officer on duty reportedly took her complaint, but said there were no cars available to escort her back home and advised a call to the 100 emergency dispatch number where she was told she wouldn’t be getting a patrol car ride.

Reports said she was in the middle of that call when she was stabbed, with no indication whether her male friend tried to intervene or if police came out of the station to help her and apprehend the attacker.

Her death was recorded on the phone line, said Mega TV, including her final words, “He is here!” followed by screams, no report what the emergency phone line operator’s response was or what happened then.

The duty officer at the station was reportedly was informed of the stalking of the victim but also of his abusive history, including alleged rape and that he left it to her to call the 100 emergency line which he was responsible for.

The tragedy was the latest in a long line of domestic abuse cases and violence against women in Greece, leading the major opposition SYRIZA to reiterate its call to create a separate femicide penal code, the government saying that homicide covers that.

The PASOK Socialist party said that, “The government has failed miserably to guarantee citizens’ safety. It ‘advertises’ measures against violence against women and has not done the obvious: training police officers properly and enhancing services.”

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