HEALTH centres will play an important part in the ongoing campaign against domestic violence.
“Don’t keep quiet about gender abuse, ask for help,” posters will urge victims in waiting areas and other strategic spots at Almeria’s health centres.
This latest drive was recently announced by Alfredo Valdivia, the regional government’s delegate for Health and Social Policies and Francisca Serrano, provincial coordinator for the Junta’s Institute for Women (IAM).
Victims will be encouraged to access the region’s network of anti-abuse resources at health centres or on the 900 200 999 helpline for women, Valdivia explained.
The initiative is another facet of IAM’s collaboration with taxi drivers, hairdressers, pharmacies and the catering trade.
Abused women need to be reached in their own environment and neighbourhoods if the Junta’s resources are to be available to them, Serrano said. It was also vital to create a popular network to combat gender violence and the machismo that feeds it.