Abuse crackdown as mum-of-two is killed

A CRACKDOWN on domestic violence is to take place throughout 2013.

The ‘Coordination Committee Against Gender Violence’ for Orihuela met yesterday (Wednesday) to discuss any additional measures that need to be introduced to help combat abuse and to protect victims.

It came as the first fatality of male violence this year was reported in Valencia.

The woman, aged 33, was stabbed to death by her former partner and the father of her two children.

There were no previous complaints against the man who surrendered himself to police following the attack and is now awaiting trial.

The Government Delegate in Valencia, Paula Sánchez de León, spoke of her “utter revulsion against this type of crime,” the first this year in Spain.

Last ¡November she joined forces with the British Consul to highlight the seriousness of the issue and their commitment to stamping out domestic violence.

Around 30 per cent of all British national arrests in the Alicante Consular district last year were related to domestic violence and the Spanish authorities are keen to highlight help is available to all residents of whatever nationality with helplines available in all languages.

Information guides on welfare rights for victims of gender-based violence are available in English and anyone can call the domestic violence hotline on 016.

The 24-hour women’s centre, staffed by professionals can be contacted on 900 58 08 88.

The British Consulate also offers help.  For more information visit www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk

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