Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on the up

Va­len­cia is third worst re­gion in the coun­try

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By Dave Jones CASES of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence against women re­ported to the courts went up by 17% last year in the Va­len­cia re­gion, reach­ing a stag­ger­ing fig­ure of 22,727.

A re­port pub­lished by the ob­ser­va­tory for gen­der vi­o­lence noted that 85 out of ev­ery 10,000 women re­ported be­ing vic­tim of an in­ci­dent.

A break­down of the fig­ures shows that 664 of the com­plaints were pre­sented by the al­leged vic­tims, which is an in­crease of 43.4% on the pre­vi­ous year.

The lion’s share – 17,880 cases – arose from di­rect po­lice in­ter­ven­tion in an in­ci­dent, with a re­port pre­sented by the of­fi­cers to the courts.

The ob­ser­va­tory noted that an­other 3,325 cases arose from separate re­ports of in­juries pre­sented to the courts. Ad­di­tion­ally, 809 com­plaints were pre­sented by spe­cial as­sis­tance ser­vices and an­other 49 by fam­ily mem­bers.

A court spokes­woman com­mented that around a third of the cases (7,667) in­volved women who were not Span­ish.

The pro­vin­cial break­down of the fig­ures shows that 11,854 com­plaints were pre­sented in Va­len­cia; 8,995 in Ali­cante; and 1,878 in Castel­lón.

In to­tal, the prose­cu­tion ser­vice asked the courts for 5,210 pro­tec­tion or­ders for vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The spokes­woman noted that the courts were able to give as­sis­tance to vic­tims in 2,006 of the cases, of­fer­ing a new place of res­i­dence or help with food bills.

Last year the Va­len­cia re­gion had the third worst do­mes­tic vi­o­lence fig­ures in the coun­try, with the Balearic Is­lands and Mur­cia at the top of the list of shame.

The protest in Tor­re­vieja last Thurs­day call­ing for equal rights for women

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