November 25th is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the government has set up a strategic plan to eradicate domestic violence and abuse in Gibraltar in all its forms, as well as the stigma attached to it, and to support and empower people who are experiencing abuse and their families.
The plan also aims to prevent abuse through education at an early age and, importantly, to work with perpetrators to break the cycle.
In addition, the Gibraltar Police now have dedicated police officers who have been trained in relation to DASH (the Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Harassment and Honour-based violence risk identification, assessment and management model). This is a risk model which aims to support and improve police response to cases of domestic abuse.
The Minister for Equality, Samantha Sacramento, said on Thursday that, "it is always important, indeed imperative, that we mark the 25th November. However, our aim is to eradicate domestic abuse and I hope that the day will come when we will no longer have to mark this day".