GENDER violence resulted in the death of five women in three days in Spain this week, continuing an unprecedented increase across the country.
All five women were allegedly killed by their partners or ex’s, including two in Madrid, one in Catalunya, one in the Basque region and another in Melilla.
In Andalucia in February, four women died in the space of two weeks in gender violence incidents. A 47-year-old English teacher was found dead in her home in Torremolinos after her partner allegedly slit her throat, following the couple’s break-up.
Earlier, the bodies of a 51-year-old Belgian woman and her nine-year-old daughter were found in a luxury villa in Sotogrande. It is believed the woman’s partner was responsible for beheading the mother and strangling his daughter. He was found dead in his cell, as a result of ‘natural causes’.
In 2014 alone, there have been 18 women who have died from alleged gender violence crimes.
And 84% of Spanish women believe that gender violence is a serious problem in this country, according to a survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. It is the sixth highest figure in the whole of Europe.
One in three European women have experienced violence, either physical or sexual, since the age of 15 – a total of 62 million women.
The percentage of women who reported experiencing violence in Spain is smaller than the European average, but at 22% is still significant.
Reports of domestic violence followed a similar pattern, with 13% of Spanish women abused by a former or current partner, compared to the European average of 22%.
Blanca Tapia, a spokesperson for the survey, said that the report highlights that ‘women are not safe, either at home or at work’.