By Isha Sesay • 10 December 2019 • 15:06
ABUSE: There were 3,497 cases of gender-violence reported in Palma last year. Credit: WHO
AFTER experiencing first hand the devastating affects of domestic abuse, resident Tina Arvidssoon strived to help women and children who were subject to gender-based violence.
Having lived in Mallorca, Spain, for over six years, Tina, together with her colleague Anette from the Mallorca Event Group, wanted to give something back to the community that would make a positive change to the lives of the most vulnerable individuals. She learnt over the years that those who were in a position to help, simply turned their heads and the problem has only continued to grow.
Tina searched far and wide for refuges that would provide victims with a safe and comfortable home. She asked everyone she knew for a name of an emergency shelter, but no one could give her any real answer. This only made Tina more determined as she wondered how abused women must feel when they have no where to go.
Thankfully, Tina came across SI-Mallorca, a foundation which helps over 800 people who desperately need help. With her support, the foundation plans to rent a house where abused women can stay with their children for free until they get back on their feet.
Speaking to Tina she explained that in the case of abused women “an instant decision must be made to leave a volatile relationship, and if they don’t have anywhere to go, they simply will stay”. Matters are amplified when there are children involved, with mothers feeling completely helpless, trapped and alone.
The cases of gender-violence are alarming in Mallorca, where just in Palma there were 3,497 cases reported in 2018. The Department of Comprehensive Attention to Gender Violence also revealed that the Balearic Islands leads the ranking of women who are abused in Spain.
For this reason, Tina has thrown her support behind SI-Mallorca through organising lunches to raise money for the organisation. She said: “most of the time you give money but don’t know where it goes, but in this case you will see a result.”
This Sunday there will be a charity lunch hosted at Il Paradiso. Those interested in supporting this worthy cause should contact Tina at [email protected].
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