So far this year, Murcia’s domestic violence unit has attended to 266 women, 20 more than in the same period of 2018.
Of these, five were underage and nine over 65 years, while 28 suffered some form of disability.
This was indicated today (November 14) by the Councillor for Social Rights and Family, Pilar Torres, who presented an awareness campaign about the issue. She also outlined events organised by the City Council for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which will be held on November 25.
Of the women served by the municipal service (EMAVI), 65 per cent were Spanish and 35 per cent foreign nationals of 25 different nationalities, mostly Moroccan (14.5 per cent), Bolivian (4 per cent) and Ecuadorian (3 per cent).
As for the level of education, 39 per cent of those attended to had a secondary education and 12 per cent had a university education, while only 35 per cent had a job.
In addition, in 30 per cent of the cases they had a dependent child, and in more than half of the cases, 53.38 per cent, the aggressor was the victim’s ex-partner.
The majority of women who attended the EMAVI (39 per cent) suffered physical and psychological violence, and almost 34 per cent suffered only psychological violence.
Torres recalled that the women who come to the EMAVI undergo a psychological interview so that their particular needs and situations are addressed on a tailor-made basis.
The service offers advice on rights and available resources, socio-educational and psychological support, legal guidance, help to access employment and protection for victims and their children, who can apply to be housed in one of the four houses that the City Council has for this purpose.
In total, there are 15 municipal places for these women and their children for a period of up to one year, of which there are currently five occupied.
The EMAVI, which was set up in 1986, has four social educators, a social worker, two psychologists, a legal advisor and a coordinator.
They provide direct and personalised attention to the victims so that the victims can rebuild their self-esteem and identity, increase their own decision-making capacity and will, and support their empowerment process to overcome the situation, recover from the aftermath and strengthen their capacities.