ONE sector in which Andalucia leads Spain is something not to be proud of – the number of cases of children attacking their own parents.
The study ‘Filio-parental violence in Spain. Data 2018′ of the Amigó Foundation shows that there were 4,833 reported cases of this type of crime in Spain last year, up 3.6 per cent.
When broken down Andalucia was the region with the most – 1,034 or 21.3 per cent of the total.
In the region the breakdown by was 91 in Almeria, 193 in Cadiz, 97 in Cordoba, 114 in Granda, five in Huelva, 26 in Jaen, 155 in Malaga and 353 in Sevilla.
Behind Andalusia appears the Valencian Community with 832, followed by the Community of Madrid with 686, 405 in the Canary Islands and 358 in Catalonia.
It is estimated that only the most serious cases are reported, between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of the total, making it a largely hidden problem.
The Amigó Foundation carried out a research project to find the profile of people who live in situations of child-parent violence, a work that took more than 1,000 people as a sample.
The average age of the children involved is 15 and a half years, while the average age of the parents is 46 and a half years. Violence is perpetrated by sons in 63 per cent of cases and in 30.53 per cent of cases they are single children.
The Amigó Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1996 to contribute to the social and individual transformation of the most vulnerable children and youth. It develops its action through 10 programs and more than 50 social and educational projects. During 2018 they worked with more than 20,000 children and adolescents in seven countries.