Increased gender violence

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Increased gender violence
NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS: Councillors in Villajoyosa joined counterparts throughout Spain in rejecting gender violence

BY September 30 this year reported gender violence in Alicante province increased by 14 per cent on 2020.

The number of offences where the victim was a woman rose by 24 per cent, according to national statistics.

The calls that Alicante province women made to helplines were also 100 points above the national average.

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These latest figures were released as the Costa Blanca – and all of Spain – commemorated International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25.

They also revealed that the Valencian Community, with a total of 5,656 official complaints of gender violence, has the third-highest incidence in Spain after Andalucia and Madrid.

Proportionately, the Valencian region has a gender abuse rate of 21.8 for every 10,000 women, more than five points above the national average of 16.6 per 10,000 women and exceeded only by Baleares’ 25.7 victims.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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