Orihuela Jurisdiction – which includes other local municipalities – registered 510 accusations so far this year

Orihuela march against gender violence 2015

The Orihuela Municipal Gender Violence Attention Service (SEMAVI) has so far this year attended to 62 victims who are women and children. A total of 59 of them have started individual psychological treatment, who include 38 women, 16 children of victims and five people with falily ties to the affected person.

This is less than last year, as in 2015 the service attended to 95 people and provided psychological treatment for 79 of them.

The SEMAVI offers different levels of attention (financial and psychological) and also work to prevent and raise awareness of this blight on society. Councillor Sabina Galindo said that this year more people have come to the service asking for information.

The majority of the women who have asked for some kind of intervention are Spanish. Galindo indicated that getting along as a couple, financial dependency and unemployment are the principal risk factors for being exposed to gender violence.

The gender violence case figures are far from decreasing. In the jurisdiction of Orihuela – which includes other municipalities in the Vega Baja – so far this year 510 accusations have been registered, which the councillor assured will probably rise to as much as the 800 that were recorded last year.

Galindo indicated that education is of “vital importance” to fight against this blight on society, which according to official figures has claimed the lives of 44 women in Spain in 2016 so far. The children of the murdered women are also considered victims, she reminded.

On Friday, November 25th there was a march in the evening in Orihuela to mark International Day Against Gender Violence. The balcony of the Town Hall will bear an orange ribbon until December 12th to raise awareness of violence against women and children, as part of the UN’s global campaign to illuminate public buildings in this colour.

Also several schools, including IES Playa Flamenca participated in a workshop aiming to prevent macho behaviour by students who are starting to have relationships.

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