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Rain and Covid dampen anti-violence march in Malaga

Around 300 women marched down Calle Larios in Malaga.
Around 300 women marched down Calle Larios in Malaga. / Salvador Salas
  • There are currently 3,310 women in the province of Malaga registered with the VioGén system, a tool used by state and local police forces to help prevent cases of domestic violence and protect victims

This year's march to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Malaga was a quieter affair than usual as Covid-19 restrictions meant that many could not travel to the city and the rain left the streets even emptier than usual.

Nevertheless around 300 people joined the march, with the aim of drawing attention to the ongoing problem of domestic or gender violence.

Many women have been living through a "double pandemic" since March, they pointed out, suffering the coronavirus lockdown and violent treatment in their own homes.

Slogans chanted called for "resistance" against "patriarchies" and against "machismo".

More than 3,300 women in protection

There are currently 3,310 women in the province of Malaga registered with the VioGén system, a tool used by state and local police forces to help prevent cases of domestic violence and protect victims.

After the state of alarm was declared in March, the system saw an increase in new registrations, a figure that rose continuously until July. Between January and June, 3,051 reports of cases of violence against women were filed at the courts in the province, a figure 18% lower than the same period last year. This decrease is thought to be because, in many cases, victim and aggressor do not live under the same roof and so the lockdown reduced contact and fear.

Deaths

No deaths due to domestic violence have been recorded in the province of Malaga this year, however the statistic remains dismal. Since 2003, when cases started to be counted separately, 38 women and three children have been killed by a partner or former partner.

In Spain as a whole 1,074 women have been killed since 2003, 41 of them this year.

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