Willem Migom of the Antwerp Local Police Service told VRT News that "The woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Her condition is life-threatening”
The attacker, the woman’s former partner, has since been detained by police.
"The attacker was arrested at a flat in Borgerhout. The man has been taken to hospital as he was under the influence of drugs. He will then be questioned and charged”, Mr Migom added.
If found guilty the alleged attack risks up to 20 years imprisonment.