Domestic violence on the up
Valencia is third worst region in the country
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