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Mijas launches domestic violence awareness programme aimed at foreign residents

Representatives at the meeting in La Cala last week.
Representatives at the meeting in La Cala last week. / I.G.
  • The council, non-profit associations and emergency services take steps to reach out to women in the international community

The need to get vital information regarding the problem of domestic violence to the foreign community in Mijas - 40 per cent of the total population according to town hall figures - has resulted in Viogenex, a project which saw its second meeting last week.

The scheme, proposed by the foreign residents department last November, involves a partnership with the municipal social services, the Local and National Police, the Guardia Civil's domestic violence unit and the organisation Soroptimist International as well as Cruz Roja (Red Cross) and the Lions Club.

The councillor responsible for social services, Mari Carmen Carmona, explained that the foreign population needed to be made aware of the importance of reporting this type of violence to the police.

"We need to show this group of women the resources that are available to them at the town hall, taking another step closer to eradicating this type of violence," said Carmona at the meeting attended by the councillor for Foreign Residents, Roy Pérez, as well as representatives of the participating forces and organisations.

Translating the information available into English, German and French, among other languages, is one of the steps being taken to ensure that women of all nationalities know where to go and what to do if they suffer violence at the hands of a current or former partner.

Luis Miguel Díaz, the local Cruz Roja president, said that his organisation would be on hand to accompany women seeking help.

Elisabeth Juliao of Soroptimist International said that the women's non-profit group would help with translation and act as a link between victims and the authorities.