By Deirdre Tynan • 21 May 2021 • 11:24
Don't leave it too late, the Ministry of Equality pleads.
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The Ministry of Equality has condemned the fifth murder this week of a woman at the hands of a domestic abuser.
The latest victim is a 48-year-old woman allegedly murdered by her spouse on May 20. They had no young children in common and there were no previous complaints of gender-based violence.
In Barcelona, a 42-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by her spouse on May 18. They had two minor children in common, and again there were no previous complaints.
Earlier in the week a 28-year-old woman and her 7-year-old son were murdered in the Balearic Islands and another 52-year-old woman was murdered in Tarragona.
The grim tally brings the number of women killed by gender-based violence in Spain to 13 in 2021 and 1,091 since 2003. The number of children left without their mothers because of gender-based violence has risen to 309 since 2013, five so far this year.
The Ministry of Equality said women should quickly access services if they fear for their safety. These include the telephone number 016, online consultations through the email [email protected] and a WhatsApp channel at number 600 000 016. They function 24 hours a day, every day of the week. At 016 you can ask for advice on available resources and the rights of victims of gender violence, as well as legal advice from 8 am to 10 pm every day of the week. This service is available in 52 languages and is also adapted to serve people with disabilities.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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