Tuesday, April 20

The pandemic caused complaints of sexist violence to fall by 13% in Alicante


Archive image of an act against sexist violence in the Plaza del Puerto de Alicante.

Archive image of an act against sexist violence in the Plaza del Puerto de Alicante.
ALEX DOMÍNGUEZ

Complaints for mistreatment fell to thirteen percent in the province of Alicante, according to the latest statistics from the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ). A generalized fall throughout Spain that the president of the Observatory against Gender Violence, Carmen Llombart, He blamed the health crisis and months of confinement. “It is not a piece of information that can lead us to optimism, but rather highlights the added difficulties that victims have had in reporting their attackers,” he said.

According to statistics, compared to the 9,986 crimes related to gender violence that were reported in the province of Alicante during 2019, last year the figure fell to 8,652. An even greater fall than that registered in the whole of the Valencian Community, where the decrease was of 8.3% going from 23,932 to 21,954.

During the months of confinement, assistance to victims of gender-based violence was considered an essential service by the courts and was one of the few matters that were not affected by the judicial stoppage.

In Alicante, a total of 2,030 protection orders were issued throughout the year. More Spanish women than foreign women were granted these measures, 1,298 compared to 711. A figure that also occurs in the case in which the victims were minors, 24 compared to 11. On 66 of these occasions, the case was considered serious enough to send the detainee to prison, according to the CGPJ statistical table. A total of 416 victims availed themselves of the right not to testify against their aggressors.

A total of 433 of the women who complained of abuse in the province of Alicante were married to their aggressors and in 342 they were the ex-spouse. As for the cases where there was an affective relationship, in 669 it was the current partner and in 586 it was the former.

Valuations

The president of the Observatory against Domestic and Gender Violence, Angeles Carmona, assured that the data allowed visualizing “the important impact that the health crisis has had on the victims of gender violence not only during the months of the hardest confinement, but also in the following months, in which there have continued to be anti-violence measures. -COVID that have restricted the movement of people.

In his opinion, the reduction in the number of victims and complaints “is not a figure that can lead us to optimism, since it does not amount to a real decrease in the number of cases of sexist violence, but rather highlights the added difficulties that the victims have had to report ». “Because they were at home under the constant control of their attackers, due to doubts about whether or not they could go out, due to fear that something would happen to their sons and daughters, more than 17,000 women stopped reporting last year,” he said.


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