Number of Spanish women killed by partners or ex-partners during 2015 climbs to 44 over weekend

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• 3 more women murdered in what police classify as ‘domestic’ disputes

• Statistics show violence against women on increase nationwide in 2015

The number of women murdered in domestic-related gender violence in Spain during 2015 jumped to 44 over the weekend, with the separate deaths of three women at the hands of their partner or former-partner in Oviedo, Baena and Lliria.

The murders occurred on the same weekend as thousands of women marched on Nov. 7th in Madrid to protest the ongoing violence against women and children in Spain. Organizers of the Madrid demonstration said male-on-female gender violence is on the rise in Spain with no clear signs of abating.

In addition to the 44 deaths confirmed so far this year as a result of male-on-female gender violence, Spanish authorities are investigating four additional murders in which they believe there is probable cause to suspect gender violence as the motive. During the same period last year, police reported 46 gender-related murders in Spain, 49 in 2013, 45 in 2012 and 54 during 2011.

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