A deadly toll of abused women

Local 9THE number of women killed by their partners so far this year totals 48, compared with last year’s 54 and the same number killed in 2013.

These figures have been released by Spain’s Equality Ministry, and, according to Spain’s Domestic and Gender Violence Observatory, these deaths left 42 children without a mum this year, yet just nine woman filed a complaint.

More than one million cases of domestic violence have been dealt with by Spanish courts since 2007, and judges have imprisoned 148,000 men in that time.

Of those cases, 80% arose as a result of a police complaint, some 12% because injuries were recorded at a hospital, and only 8% after a victim or member of the victim’s family pressed charges.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met with victims of domestic violence on Wednesday – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – and observed a minute’s silence in memory of those who have died in the past year. As did many municipalities in Tenerife. In Adeje around 800 people marked the special day with major Fraga leading tributes to those who died at the hands of a partner.

44% of female victims believe the abuse they suffer from partners is not serious enough to warrant a police complaint, according to Isabel Lozano, Equality Councillor in Valencia, where 1,294 women are living under protection orders.

Meanwhile, she said, 21% of victims don’t make a police complaint because they “feel ashamed”.

One third of all women who sought restraining orders against men were foreigners living in Spain.

A survey revealed that 12% of women over 16 said they had experienced physical or sexual violence from their partners, while another 13% admitted they have been afraid of their partner at some point.

The majority of men feel domestic violence is a bad thing, according to the 86% who said so in a recent survey by the Equal Opportunities Department of Malaga Council.

Yet 52% of all the men questioned admitted they would definitely intervene if they saw a friend abusing his partner.

But even in today’s Spain, it seems that what goes on between a man and his wife behind closed doors is no one else’s concern.



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