“I have never seen such a case of domestic violence in my career,” says Judge Andreas Pfisterer. The photos in his file are disturbing. Haematomas all over her body, plus a black eye.”I have never seen such a case of domestic violence in my career,” says Judge Andreas Pfisterer. The photos in his file are disturbing. Haematomas all over my body, plus a black eye. The perpetrator must have beaten the petite woman from Jordan with unrestrained violence. Using at least two wooden rustic clothes hangers, one burst when he did it. Last Thursday the 30-year-old’s husband, a refugee from Iraq, is on trial. On August 2, 2018 between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m., the father of three children aged two, five and six allegedly brutally beat and seriously injured his wife in a clinic in the northern district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen after a dispute. “In the courtroom, the young woman remains silent, leafs through the Koran and cries again and again.She wears a headscarf and sometimes also sunglasses. She denies the judge’s question as to whether she would at least like to release the doctor from her duty of confidentiality. The police witness records are also not to be used in court.The suspicion that the wife was urged by her husband to this sudden change of heart is obvious. The defence counsel’s requests not to accept any of the witnesses who had been summoned are also consistent with this. The defense’s strategy of hushing the case does not work. At the prosecutor’s request, the police officers, the doctor and the social worker are questioned as witnesses. The three police officers are not allowed to say anything about the content of the interrogation reports, but they describe how they found the woman, whether she was able to communicate well and whether she had visible injuries. The black eye, at least, could not be overlooked by anyone. The doctor finally decides to testify and reports what the woman told her. She spoke of frequent outbreaks of violence by her husband, approximately once a month. Also that he pours ice water over the children to punish them and locks them in dark rooms. This is also confirmed by the social pedagogue, who is not subject to a duty of confidentiality in her work. On Thursday, August 2, 2018, she found the victim unharmed. The next day, she was injured. She was still surprised that nobody had taken note of the quarrel and the blows: “You can hear everything through that wall.”The young mother had got used in the course of time not to scream in order not to unsettle her children.