SPAIN’S gender-violence rate may be the fourth lowest in Europe, according to a ground-breaking new study, but the results are still shocking.
A massive 84% of Spanish women believe that gender-violence is a serious problem in this country – 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%.
But with 15 reports of domestic murder in Spain already this year – and two in two days in Andalucia – violence against women is still far too common.
The report reveals ‘a picture of extensive abuse’ that affects millions of women across Europe, but is ‘systematically under-reported to the authorities’.
Blanca Tapia, a spokesperson for the FRA, said that the report highlights that ‘women are not safe, either at home or at work’.
The survey, conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), asked 42,000 women aged between 18 and 74 about their experiences of physical, sexual and psychological violence.