Spain's EU presidency to fight domestic violence

18th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain will make fighting violence against women one of its priorities when it takes over the EU presidency in 2010.

Madrid – Spain plans to introduce pan-European measures to combat domestic violence when it takes over the EU presidency on 1 January, the government announced Tuesday.

The Socialist government, which has made fighting violence against women one of its priorities, plans to promote three initiatives, Equality Minister Bibiana Aido said.

The first is "the creation of a European observatory on domestic violence to gather information, create common tools and be able to make a global diagnostic of the situation," she told a news conference.

The second is the "establishment of a European order to protect the victims, so that the protection measures continue to be applied when" an abused person "crosses European frontiers," she said.

The third measure is the setting up of a telephone number that victims can call.

A law that came into force in Spain in 2005 – the first of its kind in Europe – established special courts and treatment centres for female victims of domestic violence.

In 2008, the government passed a measure ensuring that all men served with a restraining order by their former partners would be fitted with electronic tags.

Two special phone numbers were also set up: one for men who want "to channel their aggression" and another for women who have been assaulted by their partners.

Despite the efforts to reduce domestic violence at least 76 women in Spain were killed by their partner or ex-partner in 2008, according to the government.

AFP / Expatica

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