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Basque Government expands its commitment to victims of sexist violence with a multilingual guide

Maria Jose Gonzalez

May 4, 2024 | 2:33 p.m.

The Basque Government, through the Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policies, has taken a significant step in the fight against sexist violence with the reissue of the resource and services guide for women victims of this problem. This collaborative effort has resulted in the publication entitled 'Sexist violence against women: what can you do?', which organizes in a clear and accessible way the resources available to those affected.

The guide, translated into six languages ​​and published in formats that include clear language and easy reading, is designed to ensure that all women, regardless of their background or reading comprehension ability, can access vital information. With a total of 136,000 copies in print in various language versions, this resource has been widely distributed through multiple channels to maximize its accessibility.

Distribution in the territory

The guides are available in key places such as the Victim Care Services offices, Ertzaintza stations, municipal police in main cities such as Bilbao, San Sebastián and Vitoria-Gasteiz, and at the municipal and regional social services headquarters. In addition, they have been sent to health centers, hospitals, and associations focused on women, sexist violence, migration, and support for immigration.

In an innovative move, the guides are also found in pharmacies throughout the Basque Country, thanks to a recent agreement with the Pharmacists Council of the Basque Country. This initiative seeks to take advantage of the proximity and trust that the community has in its pharmacists to further facilitate access to these critical resources.

Communication and support tools

The SATEVI helpline, which offers specialized and confidential services for women victims of domestic or gender-based violence, has been promoted along with the guide. In an effort to increase visibility, SATEVI number posters have been designed with cut-out sections and are distributed at participating pharmacies, ensuring that women can discreetly carry this vital information with them without leaving a trace.

Marian Olabarrieta, acting director of Social Services of the Basque Government, has highlighted the importance of this guide, pointing out that its objective is not only to inform women about how to identify and confront sexist violence, but also about how to access the available support. . This resource is part of a broader effort by the Basque Government to foster a safe and supportive environment for all women in the region.

The reissue of this guide represents a significant reinforcement of the Basque Government's commitment to fighting sexist violence, ensuring that female victims not only feel supported, but empowered to take concrete actions towards their safety and well-being. With strategic distribution and expanded communication channels, it is hoped that this resource will reach the hands of those who need it most, making a real difference in the lives of many.

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