Crackdown on domestic abuse

Crackdown on domestic abuse

MALAGA PROVINCIAL COUNCIL is clamping down on gender violence.

The initiative, which is being publicised on three radio stations, aims “to overcome inequality between men and women, one of the biggest outstanding issues in our democracy.”

Elias Bendodo, President of the Provincial Council, said 27.4 per cent of young people see domestic abuse as “normal,” a figure which he explained was “very alarming.”

Malaga is not the only city taking steps to deal with the issue.  In October, Marbella Council put together a programme of activities to honour International Day Against Domestic Abuse.

Isabel Cintado, Councillor for Social Rights, explained the council would organise workshops throughout primary schools in Marbella and San Pedro Alcantara teaching about gender violence.  She added sex education workshops would also be put on for secondary school students as well as a poster competition designed to promote equality.

Meanwhile, Mijas Council has also been putting together a series of events to prevent gender or homophobic violence in the municipality.

The council started last month with a scheme to prevent gender abuse among foreign residents. The initiative has seen members of the Red Cross, National Police, Guardia Civil, Local Police, La Cala Lions Club and Soroptimist International join forces with the council to combat the problem.

Roy Perez, Councillor for Foreigners, explained the scheme would, “respond to and create a protocol of action in cases of gender violence among the foreign population,” adding 40 per cent of the population was made up by foreign residents. He commented, “it is really important to put out information in several languages to help us remove language barriers and fight this social scourge which does not discriminate between nationalities.”

Councillor for Equality, Mari Carmen Carmona, added, “these meetings go one step further in facilitating communication between the council and foreign residents when there are cases of domestic abuse.”  She explained the meeting had discussed helping women by providing food stamps of care packages.  She commented, “we are here to help women who are going through this situation and protect victims when they take the first step of reporting the incident so they feel looked after by the council and the community.”

Last month the council also held its first diversity conference to support the LGTBI community. The event, which aimed to “move forward in terms of diversity,” brought together groups from across the province and Andalucia to learn how public bodies should deal with LGTBI people.

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