The Ministry of Equality has recorded 47 sexist murders so far this year, after having confirmed the homicide due to gender violence of three women in Murcia, Alicante and Castellón in recent days. This is two less than in all of 2022. So far in September the victims have risen to seven, so the figure recorded last August has already been reached. Given these data, a new crisis committee will be convened at the end of this month. This was confirmed this Monday by the Government delegate against Gender Violence, Victoria Rosell. “They are not good figures, they are regrettable,” she stated.
The figure of 47 represents 16 more murders than on the same dates last year. “After having a downward trend in the first three years of Government, this year the concentration of femicides in the summer has increased,” explained Rosell. However, she has highlighted that these data do not constitute the worst figure in the historical series, given that 58 women lost their lives in 2007 and in both 2003 and 2006 there were 55 murders due to gender violence. Since the official statistics began in 2003, crimes against women at the hands of their partners or ex-partners have risen to 1,231. The Government delegate against Gender Violence has criticized the “very dangerous” speeches against women and “in favor of gender violence, such as denialist speeches.” “It is difficult to convey security to women if a minority sector says that gender violence does not exist. “Those who pay silence are the biggest accomplices,” she said.
Rosell has also reported that in the first half of the year, 13 femicides have been recorded, murders of women committed outside the sphere of the couple or ex-partner. They represent 40% less than the same period in 2022, when 22 crimes were committed. This statistic, which was published for the first time last year, counts four types of murders outside the couple: family, sexual, social and vicarious (to cause harm to the woman). Of these 13 femicides, which have left a minor orphaned, eight have been committed by family members (61.5%), three have been counted as sexual femicides and have affected women in contexts of prostitution, and the remaining two cases have been considered social because the murderers were a roommate and the son of a friend of the victim.
The 13 aggressors belonged to the victims’ environment, something already observed in 2022. “This data shows that femicides are not committed by strangers who persecute their victims, but that the place of greatest risk for women is their home,” he said. warned Rosell, who added that the majority of these women had carried the weight of care tasks.
The Government delegate against Gender Violence has highlighted that only one of the 13 victims had filed a complaint, and that only in one case the aggressor attempted suicide. This data is relevant because in crimes committed by couples or ex-partners, 62% of the murderers wanted to take their own lives after the events. 61% of the victims were over fifty.
Rosell has highlighted that requests for help to the help lines for victims of sexist violence, through 016, have increased. Each summer month the line has exceeded 10,000 queries. 85.4% have been related to gender violence. Telematic control mechanisms for the protection of women have also increased. There are 4,000 active ones, 1,000 more than in 2022. “No woman has been murdered while carrying the device,” emphasized Rosell, who, in addition, welcomed the fact that more and more violence such as kisses without consent are being reported, he said, although without citing it. expressly, in reference to the kiss that the former president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, gave to the player Jennifer Hermoso after the women’s soccer team won the title of world champions.
Throughout 2023, the ATENPRO service (Telephone Care and Protection Service for victims of gender violence) has also been expanded to all victims of any type of violence and 24-hour crisis centers have been inaugurated in all the provinces and autonomous communities for victims of sexual violence, measures included in the Law of Comprehensive Guarantee of Sexual Freedom.
Telephone 016 assists victims of sexist violence, their families and those around them 24 hours a day, every day of the year, in 53 different languages. The number is not registered on the telephone bill, but the call must be deleted from the device. You can also contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by WhatsApp at 600 000 016. Minors can contact the ANAR Foundation by calling 900 20 20 10. If it is an emergency situation, You can call 112 or the National Police (091) and Civil Guard (062) telephone numbers. And if you cannot call, you can use the ALERTCOPS application, from which an alert signal is sent to the Police with geolocation.
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