One-third of gender-violence cases involve foreigners

Dénia leaders, employees, citizens protest gender violence, after murder of local resident by ex-partner. Photo: Radio Dénia
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► 32.12% of gender-violence cases from Apr-June reported by foreign women
► From 2007-2018, 28.3% of gender violence directed against foreign women

Nearly one-third of cases of violence against women in Spain involve foreign-born residents, according to the most recent statistics available from the Spanish government’s domestic abuse and gender violence monitoring agency, the Observatorio contra la Violencia Doméstica y de Género.

According to Observatorio figures just released, 65,009 reports of violence by men against women were received by law enforcement authorities nationwide from April-June 2019. Of those, 12,437 of the women assaulted were foreigners resident in Spain, representing 32.12 percent of the total, while 26,268 women who reported having been victims of violence at the hands of men were Spanish citizens, representing 67.88 percent of the total for the three-month period.

The release of the most recent figures coincided with reports of three new cases of gender violence in Spain, including the knife-attack and murder in the city of Dénia, Alicante province, of a 45-year-old Russian woman by her 55-year-old Russian ex-partner in front of their 11-year-old daughter.

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The three most-recent murders of women by men in Spain puts the total number of deaths attributed to gender violence so far this year at 49, surpassing the 48 total number of gender violence deaths registered in Spain during all of 2018.

The recent Observatorio figures on violence against women show a slight increase in violence directed at foreign women when compared to statistics collected during the past dozen years through the Spanish Interior Ministry’s Sistema VioGén. From its inception in 2007 through 2018, the VioGén system has registered more than 580,000 reported cases of gender violence, 28.3 percent of which involved violence against foreign women.

Of the reported cases of male violence against foreign women in Spain from 2007-2018, VioGén figures show that nearly three quarters (72.79 percent) involved violence against women from non-EU countries, more than half of which involved women from Latin American countries, principally Ecuador and Colombia.

During the same period, more than one-quarter (27.21 percent) of all the gender-violence cases involving foreign women in Spain were reported by women from EU member countries, more than half of them Romanian (51.2 percent of those from the EU), followed by Bulgarian women (8.1 percent) and women from the United Kingdom (7.5 percent).

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