THE mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz chaired a meeting of the Maltreatment Monitoring Board on Wednesday which considered the continued problem of gender violence.
The board consists of the Marbella Councillor for Social Rights and Equality Isabel Cintado as well as representatives of the police, social services, health officials and legal advisors and meets in order to enforce government policy against gender violence.
Speaking to the committee the mayor said “It is intolerable that in a democratic society like ours there are still families and women who suffer from these situations.”
She added that the victims have “the absolute support of the administrations so that they do not have to suffer in silence.”
Councillor Cintado revealed that there had been 526 cases reviewed by the group of which 23 per cent (121) directly related to gender violence and that nearly half concerned immigrant women.
It was also noted that violence against people under the age of 20 had decreased but conversely there was an increase in complaints from women aged over 60.
All present agreed that the matter of gender violence was a serious problem which had to be tackled by all parties.