Gender abuse in Spain on the increase

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CASES OF gender violence in Spain have risen for the second successive year according to an alarming report issued yesterday.

The largest increase in complaints of violence was against men over the age of 75, which could imply that more elderly women are feeling more confident about reporting abuse to the authorities.

The figures show that in 2016, more than 28,000 women throughout the country received some form of official protection from police and government authorities.

There were 28,281 officially registered female victims of gender-related violence in Spain in 2016, a 2.4% rise from the previous year, according to the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE).

Of these women, all of whom were given some form of official protection, 44 were killed by their spouse, or ex-partner according to provisional figures from the Health Ministry.

The rise in the number of officially recorded victims has grown for the second year in a row, following a drop between 2012 and 2014.

Nearly half of the victims of gender violence who had been assigned precautionary measures by a court (48.6%) were between 30 and 44 years old, according to the Statistics on Gender Violence and Domestic Violence report released on Wednesday.

By age group, the biggest increase in 2016 was among women 75 and older (14.6%), followed by the 40–44 age group (8.5%).

In relative terms, however, the rate of abuse is highest in the 25-29 age range with three out of every 1,000 requiring some form of official protection.

In the case of abused teens, complaints fell by 10.7%: there were 569 victims last year compared with 637 in 2015.

The most significant rise in complaints was against men aged 75 and older (12.9%). In the majority of cases (23.3%), across all age groups, the victim and the abuser were married.

There was also a 7% rise in the number of convictions, up from 24,265 to 25,959, while acquittals dropped from 6,768 to 6,288. In seven out of 10 cases, the conviction was handed down in under a year.

Under Spanish law, gender violence consists of any physical or psychological aggression by a man against a woman who he has a relationship with.

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