July 24, 2021

Interior will increase the number of police officers dedicated to preventing the murders of women and children | Society

Interior will increase the number of police officers dedicated to preventing the murders of women and children | Society

The Ministry of the Interior is leading the coordination of all agents, social, police and judicial, involved in the prevention of murders of women and children victims of sexist violence. The Secretary of State, Ana Botella, announced on Tuesday that "the will of the ministry is to increase the number of police officers – we are going to ask for it from the General State Budgets of 2019-, since it is foreseeable that the new forms for the police assessment of risk (VPR), which include the possibility of homicide of women or children, lead to many more cases with high risk and therefore there are many more needs for protection of victims.

Bottle has not specified what this increase will be, although it has provided data on the global number of people, from different areas, currently working on the prevention of sexist violence. "The Viogen system, which brings together all the information of these cases, can access a total of 30,000 users, of which about 13,000 are civil guards and national police, and another 2,500 local police," he said, recalling that the rest are social agents and judicial. Some numbers that, in any case, contrast with the global data: 56,881 currently active cases, 500,000 registered since the birth of the Viogen System in 2007 and 3.4 million risk assessments made in that same period.

Also, after holding a meeting with representatives of all parties involved – Secretary of State for Equality, a member of the Ministry of Justice, the Government delegate for Gender Violence, the gender violence room prosecutor, the president of the Observatory against the domestic and gender violence of the General Council of the Judicial Power (CGPJ), the president of the Equality Commission of the CGPJ, the general secretary of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), the General Secretary of Penitentiary Institutions, the Director General of the National Police, the General Director of the Civil Guard, and representatives of the Ertzaintza, Mossos d'Esquadra and the Navarre Police Force-Bottle has insisted that not only is a matter of quantity of troops but of quality of attention to women and that, for that reason and for the protocol to be scrupulously followed, a new initiative has been launched to instruction "so that the State Security Forces and bodies maximize the compliance of all the protocols and strengthen the training of the agents in the care of these services". In addition, he noted, "the Secretary of State has reinforced its structure by generating a specific area with a competent commissioner at the head of it."

From January 1, 2003 to the present, 963 women have been killed by their partners or ex-partners. In 2018 there are already 39 fatalities, plus one case in investigation. In addition, three minors have died due to gender violence so far this year and there are two cases under investigation.


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