On Tuesday, President Kersti Kaljulaid and Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg (Isamaa) acknowledged eight people who have contributed to the prevention of violence. The laureates have helped with the prevention of trafficking in human beings and violence against women, as well as helping young people.
Many of them have contributed to preventing violence and for more than 10 years, ETV current news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported.
This year's laureates are Eero Epner, Kärt Anvelt, Marianne Ubaleht, Mikk Pärnits, Anna Markina, Sirle Blumberg, Kristiina Luht and Rita Kaasik.
Rita Kaasik who works in victim support in Jõgeva County said that people are more and more conscious and brave to turn to professional help with their worries. However, she considers violence against the elderly an issue.
"For example, older men are starting to turn to the victim support and telling what is actually happening at home. That the children or the other half of the family hurting them," Kaasik said.
Kaljulaid wrote on social media: "Violence must not be overlooked. This is not a family affair or a normal way of raising children... However, the more preventors, observers, interveners in violence, the less power there is in violence and the more freedom we all have."
She said every other violent crime in Estonia is one of domestic violence and that last year there was a 14 percent increase in the number of domestic violence crimes registered. This was more than 4,100.
"Both reporting and processing have increased," Kaljulaid wrote, saying the later is very important because if someone reaches out for help they must be given support.
Editor: Roberta Vaino