Three men a week arrested for domestic violence in Malaga on the Costa del Sol

AGAINST VIOLENCE: Protests are regularly held in Spain protesting against gender violence.

MALAGA Local Police arrest three men every week for domestic violence. 

The news has been revealed in a video the force has made about the problem for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2019, which will be held on Monday (November 25). 

The video, recorded and edited by the Audiovisual Group of the Local Police of Malaga (Costa del Sol) and starring two officers, reflects the testimony of a victim of gender violence based on a real complaint. It shows what happens in the aftermath of a complaint being made and how police deal with and help the victims. 

The video is intended to convey that there is no typical profile of battered woman in order to encourage all victims to report the facts, as well as letting them know that they will not be alone and deserve a second chance.  

This video is a response to the shocking fact that in Spain more than one woman a week on average is killed in a domestic violence incident. 

Since the signing in May 2017 of the agreement to adhere to the Comprehensive Monitoring System in cases of Gender Violence (VioGén System) by Malaga City Council, the Investigation and Protection Group (GIP) of the Malaga Local Police has been responsible for dealing with domestic abuse. They also monitor compliance with restraining orders imposed in cases of gender violence. 

On average, every week, the Malaga Local Police detain three men for crimes related to gender violence and one more for violations of court orders. 

In 2018, a total of 156 people were arrested as alleged perpetrators of gender-based violence, to which 48 more were added for breaking restraining orders. 

Each year, nearly 1,000 follow-up cases are assigned, of which an average of more than 500 tend to remain active, with constant contact between the protection agent and the victim, in addition to the surveillance work carried out in their private and work environments. 

Victims have a contact telephone number for their respective Protection Agent which is operative 24 hours a day. This provides woman with permanent professional support in the event that an emergency arises. 

Each year there are about 3,500 telephone contacts with victims, equivalent to about 10 contacts a day, in addition to more than 400 personal interviews. The perpetrators of gender-based violence are also contacted each time a restraining order is imposed, letting them know of their obligations and responsibilities. 

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Dilip Kuner

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