The judicial bodies of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands recorded a total of 2,007 complaints during the second quarter of 2018 for alleged cases of violence against women, 6.1% less compared to 2,138 in the same period last year.
The Observatory against Domestic and Gender Violence of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) yesterday published data on the activity from April to June, which showed a reduction in complaints and an increase in sentences for men for exercising violence over the woman. Of 570 people tried in the Islands in the second quarter of 2017 (490 convicted and 80 acquitted), 8.2% grew to 617 individuals in the same period of this year (522 convictions, 84.6%, and 95 acquittals, 15.4%).
On the other hand, the Canarian judicial bodies also saw the number of women requesting protection orders grow between April and June 2018 and the number of concessions for the precautionary measure: if in the second quarter of 2017 the courts had registered 520 requests for protection protection orders, this year the figure went to 570, 9.6% more. In response to the nine requests that were not admitted in the second quarter of last year, in the same period of 2018 the judges rejected entry 4 (55.6% less); compared to 329 accepted in 2017, in 2018 there were 333 (1.2% more), and while the previous year 182 requests were denied between April and June, in the same period of 2018, 233 (28% more) were denied.
The statistics also pointed to a reduction in the resignations of the women who came to denounce their partners. In the second quarter of 2017, a total of 202 of the 2,138 women who reported macho violence they retracted later, while between April and June of 2018, 176 females withdrew, 12.9% less.
With regard to the area of minors, between April and June of this year there were 11 young people living in the Islands who passed through the courts accused of violence against women. Eight were Spaniards and three foreigners, and all were between 16 and 17 years old.
The number of cases of minors involved in violence against women in Spain during the period under analysis was 70.
Almost 19 of every 10,000 women
According to judicial statistics, between April and June of this year, 18.56 out of every 10,000 women living in the Canary Islands reported being victims of gender violence, the fifth highest rate in the country, second only to the Balearic Islands (26.13), Comunidad Valenciana (22,14), Murcia (21,33) and Andalucía (20.31). However, the island index improved from the fourth position of the second quarter of 2017.
The national average in the period studied was 16.89 victims of machismo per 10,000 women. The territory with the lowest index between April and June was Castilla y León: 10.25 cases per 10,000 women.
In the national territory, judicial bodies issued a total of 13,384 criminal sentences of gender violence, of which 68.4% (9,149) were convictions, representing an increase of 1.2 points with respect to sentences convictions issued in the same quarter of 2017, which represented 67.2% of the total.
A total of 40,232 women appear as victims of gender violence in the 42,077 complaints filed in the judicial bodies during the second quarter of 2018, according to the data provided by the Statistics Service of the CGPJ. As in the previous quarter, there was a slight decrease in both the number of complaints and the number of victims.
The complaints presented represent a decrease of 1.4% with respect to the complaints that were filed in the judicial bodies in the same quarter of the previous year, which were 42,689. The number of women victims of gender violence also fell by 0.3% from 40,366 in 2017.