Spain gets to grip with domestic violence
7 October 2004, MADRID- The Spanish parliament passed a new law Thursday that will crack down on domestic violence - despite criticism it had been rushed through.
7 October 2004
MADRID- The Spanish parliament passed a new law Thursday that will crack down on domestic violence - despite criticism it had been rushed through.
The law was passed unanimously in the lower house of the Spanish parliament and must be finally approved by the upper house or Senate before it is law.
Opposition critics from the conservative Popular Party claimed the law had been rushed through parliament in a "disrespectful" way.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist government made bringing in a new law on domestic violence its first priority when it took power in April.
At least 10,000 women are thought to be at risk of domestic violence in Spain, according to latest estimates from women's groups and government research bodies.
The Institute of Women said 83 women had been killed this year alone by their partners or ex-boyfriends.
The law will introduce tougher sentences for those who carry out domestic violence, introduce better protective measures for the victims and bring in specialised teams of judges and lawyers to deal with the issue.
Zapatero said he hoped the new law would fight the "criminal macho culture" which exists in Spain.
Jesús Caldera, Spain's minister of Work and Social Affaire, said the law would introduce a "zero tolerance" attitude towards those who carry out these attacks.
Spain does not rank as the worst country for domestic violence; Norway is thought to have the highest number of attacks against women.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news