70 women in Spain died from domestic violence in 2008

20th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

At least 70 women in Spain were killed by their partner or ex-partner last year despite efforts to reduce domestic violence, the government said on Monday.

MADRID -There are still seven ongoing investigations that could bring the toll up to 77 deaths, the government's domestic violence tsar Miguel Lorente told a press conference. In 2007 there were 71 deaths related to domestic violence.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist government has launched a number of initiatives in recent years to address the problem of domestic violence in Spain.

A law passed in 2004 guaranteed that the state would take care of all financial, legal, and health needs of women who had been victims of domestic violence.

Then in November last year, Zapatero's 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.

Official figures estimate that 400,000 women in Spain are currently subjected to violent physical abuse by their partners.

A 2006 study found that as many as 1.5 million Spanish women had been victims of domestic violence at least once in their lives.

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