By Cathy Elelman • 18 June 2020 • 11:32
RATIO: There were 5.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Almeria, while the national average was 2.4
ALMERIA registered the highest rate of gender-based violence murders per 100,000 inhabitants of any province in Spain between 2003 and April last year.
The Domestic and Gender Violence Observatory study into the 1,000 deaths of women in Spain at the hands of their partners or ex-partners over that period reveals there were 36 cases in Almeria, or a ratio of 5.4.
This compares with a national average of 2.4.
Roquetas de Mar stands out as the town with a population of more than 50,000 with the worst rate in the country, with a ratio of 8.7.
Of the 36 cases in Almeria, 23 involved Spanish men, while the rest were foreign nationals.
The report also showed that in only seven of the cases had there been a prior report of gender violence, and court-ordered protection in just three.
In 19 of the cases the perpetrator was arrested. In 10 cases the suspected killer committed suicide and seven handed themselves in.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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