Grim toll of gender violence as unwanted record broken

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A WOMAN in Terrassa (Barcelona) has become the 35th victim of gender violence to die in Spain so far this year. 

A man in his fifties went to a police station around 9.40am this morning (July 24) and confessed that he had just killed his wife in the flat they shared in calle Gran Vapor, just a few metres from the police station. 

Officers went to the flatfound the woman’s body and called in the Mossos d’Esquadra regional police. 


The detainee remains in National Police custody while investigations continue. The couple, who had been living in the flat for eight years, had two children, aged 12 and 15, according to neighbours. The woman had never been cared for by social services or reported gender violence issues, nor had she ever asked municipal services for help, according to City Council sources. 

The Terrassa Women’s Violence Court is in charge of the homicide investigation.  

This death makes it the year in which most women have died murdered by their partners or ex-partners since 2011, when 36 died, according to data from the Ministry of the Presidency. 


Since 2003, 1,010 women have been killed. Of the total of 35 this year, eight have died in Andalucia, one in Aragon, six in the Canary Islands, one in Cantabria, two in Castilla y Leon, four in Catalonia, six in Valencia, two in Galicia, four in Madrid and one in Murcia. 

Only seven of them are known to have filed previous complaints. The largest group of victims (15) is between 41 and 50 years old, the same age as the largest group of alleged aggressors (16). As for the origin of the murdered women, 58.8 per cent are Spanish and 41.2 per cent from other countries, the same percentages as for killers. 

In the 35 cases so far this year 11 of the perpetrators then committed suicide and another three attempted to do so. One child has been killed along with his mother and 24 have been orphaned. 


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Dilip Kuner

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