Spain would create a European observatory on domestic violence
n 2009, Spain recorded that 55 women were killed as a result of domestic violence, marking a significant reduction from 2008, when the domestic violence toll was 77. As indicated by Equality Minister Bibiana Aido, this is the lowest number of domestic violence victims since 2002, when 54 women were killed.
The reduction is largely attributed to the measures that have been taken by the government to reduce and prevent domestic violence.
Since coming to power in 2004, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s government has launched a series of reforms to combat domestic violence.
A law that came into force in 2005, the first of its kind in Europe, established special courts and treatment centres for female victims of domestic violence. Two special phone numbers were also set up: one for men "to channel their aggression" and another for women who have been assaulted by their partners. In addition, a measure was passed to ensure that men who have been granted a restraining order from their partners were given electronic tags.
Aido stated that Spain would continue to tighten measures against domestic violence, and that Spain would create a European observatory on domestic violence as part of its presidency of the European Union in 2010.