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Worrying first quarter in Euskadi with 1.500 women attacked

Worrying first quarter in Euskadi with 1.500 women attacked

Jeickson Sulbaran

May 2, 2024 | 1:08 p.m.

Alarming increase in attacks on women in Euskadi

En In the first quarter of 2024, the Basque Country has witnessed a worrying increase in cases of attacks against women, with a total of 1.514 complaints registered. This number represents a increase of 20% compared to the same period of the previous year, placing gender violence in a critical focus of attention for authorities and society.

The distribution of complaints by type of crime shows a gloomy picture. Of the 1.514 women affected, 168 reported having been victims of crimes against sexual freedom, which represents an increase of 28,2% compared to last year. These data, provided by the Basque Women's Institute-Emakunde, show not only an increase in the frequency of these crimes but also in their severity.

Gipuzkoa, Álava and Bizkaia They present figures that demand detailed evaluation and specific actions. In Gipuzkoa, the number of women victims of crimes against sexual freedom increased by 39,6%, while in Álava and Bizkaia the increases were 26,6% and 19%, respectively. The latter, being the most populated territory, shows a worrying trend that could indicate a broader systemic problem.

Worrying first quarter in Euskadi with 1.500 women attacked

Intimate partner violence continues to be one of the main concerns

In addition to crimes against sexual freedom, violence perpetrated by partners or ex-partners continues to be alarmingly prevalent, with 1.072 cases reported in this quarter, 19,3% more than in the same period of the previous year. The greatest increase was recorded in Álava, where complaints increased by 38,4%. This type of violence not only impacts the victims physically, but also leaves deep psychological consequences, affecting their general well-being and sense of security.

Domestic violence also showed a significant increase. 274 cases were reported, 17,6% more than the previous year. This type of violence, which includes attacks within the broader family environment, is especially traumatic due to the abuse of trust and emotional ties.

Implications and need for more effective policies

This growth in the figures of violence against women in Euskadi is not only indicative of the seriousness of the problem, but also highlights the urgent need to implement more effective policies and more robust support measures. It is essential that the authorities intensify their efforts in education, prevention and punishment of these crimes, as well as in support for victims.

Cooperation between institutions, improvement in reporting and attention systems, and greater social awareness are key to reversing this worrying trend. The community must be alert and committed in the fight against gender violence, ensuring a safe environment for all women.

El increase in attacks on women in Euskadi is a call to action for all sectors of society. From implementing awareness campaigns to reviewing current laws and procedures, it is imperative that concrete and effective measures are taken. The fight against gender violence is a shared responsibility that requires a firm and sustained commitment from all those involved.

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