Eight women killed in gender violence in January, highest number for first month of year since 2012

Mother of 17-month-old killed in Vitoria, Basque Country, leaves flowers at streetside remembrance. Photo: El Diario
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• In wake of 17-month-old baby’s death, petition nets 20,000 signatures •

Eight women were killed by their partners or ex-partners during the month of January, marking the highest incidence of deaths as a result of gender violence in the first 30 days of any year since 2012 and more deaths of women as a result of domestic abuse than in any year since 2003, the latest government figures reported by the Europa Press news agency show.

Half of the women killed in January were Spanish nationals and four of the women were also between the ages of 41 and 50 years old, while these latest cases of gender violence in Spain left three children orphaned, according to the government figures.

Meanwhile, after a case of domestic violence in Vitoria in Spain’s Basque Country, in which a Brazilian woman was seriously injured and her 17-month-old daughter thrown to her death from a window by the woman’s partner, the Spanish branch of the international NGO Save the Children has gathered more than 20,000 signatures in a petition calling on Spain’s government and the country’s political parties for passage of a law specific to the protection of children against domestic violence.

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