A protest for equality and against gender violence in Seville earlier this year.
More help at hand as number of gender violence victims continues to rise in Malaga

More help at hand as number of gender violence victims continues to rise in Malaga

The UN Women organisation is planning 16 days of activism from 25 November to 10 December to eradicate violence against women


Friday, 22 November 2019, 17:21


Monday 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and figures issued at the end of the third quarter of this year show that between the beginning of January and the end of September the Instituto Andaluz de la Mujer (IAM) attended to 232 female victims of gender violence and their dependents in Malaga. In 2018 the association assisted 255 people in total.

The services, which are managed by Andaluza de Gestión de Servicios Especializados (Agise), include emergency centres, shelters and apartments for victims of gender violence, and urgent help is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

In Malaga there are 90 beds, 12 apartments and 40 rooms for victims of gender violence, and in the third quarter of this year the organisation provided accommodation for 125 women, four fewer than the same period in 2018. In Malaga province 186 people sought refuge in the emergency centre.

Slight regional increase

The budget for the service for victims of gender violence in Andalucía has been increased to 7.5 million euros for 2020, because in addition to the 6.2 million euros assigned by the regional government, it will receive at least 1.3 million from the funds of the State Pact against Gender Violence to increase psychological and social assistance for the women and their children, and reinforce security at the centres and shelters.

English-language helpline for victims of violence

  • The Junta de Andalucía offers a 24-hour helpline (900200999) that provides advice and assistance in English to victims of gender violence.

  • Lena Thygesen, Secretary of Soroptimist International Costa del Sol - an organisation dedicated to the eradication of violence against women - told SUR in English, "The helpline is available seven days a week and offers assistance to anyone who needs it. The service is available in 46 languages and can help with things like sexual abuse and domestic violence."

In Andalucía as a whole the Integral Service for Attention and Shelter for Female Victims of Gender Violence has attended to 1,999 adults and children so far this year, compared with 1,929 during the same period last year. This is 70 more people and an increase of 3.62 per cent.

The latest government figures for Spain show that 1,027 women have died as a result of gender violence since 1 January 2003, and so far this year 51 have lost their lives at the hands of their partner or ex-partner.

This year, the UN Women organisation is planning 16 days of activism to eradicate violence against women, running from 25 November to Human Rights Day on 10 December.

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