Surge in gender violence reports in Spain’s Balearics

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REPORTS of gender-based violence surged by nearly 16 per cent in the Balearic Islands in the first quarter of the year, a three-month period which included the first fortnight of lockdown.
Figures from the Domestic and Gender Violence Observatory show there were 1,391 reports registered with gender violence courts on the archipelago between the beginning of January and the end of March, 15.7 per cent more than during the same period of 2019.
Of these, 940 were presented by the victim, 47 directly at court, and 893 at police stations.
The number of protection orders requested at Balearic courts also went up in relation to last year, from 382 to 435.
In the period analysed there were 1,225 gender violence victims in the four islands, 8.4 per cent less than a year earlier.
By region, the Balearics has the highest rate of gender violence in Spain at 20.3 victims for every 10,000 women. This compares with a national average of 14.4.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

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