Fri. Aug 23rd, 2019

The Government creates an observatory to examine the judicial response to sexist violence

El Govern crea un observatorio para examinar la respuesta judicial a la violencia machista

The Executiu Council of the Government of Catalonia has approved on Monday the creation of the Observatori Català de la Justícia in Violència Masclista It will analyze the response of the judicial bodies, the penitentiary services, juvenile justice, alternative penal measures and the attention to the victim regarding the macho violence.

As reported by the Ministry of Justice in a statement and has confirmed the head of the department, Ester Capella, in a press conference, the observatory will investigate with academic methodology and offer conclusions to improve public policies of prevention, care and treatment of sexist violence, to improve effectiveness and contribute to the fight against sexist violence.


Training for 1,500 professionals

This body, which will depend on the Center for Juridical Studies of the Department of Justice, will offer specific training on sexist violence aimed at professionals who work in the courts and in penal execution in Catalonia, and it is planned to train 1,500 professionals in two years.

The first investigations will analyze the orders of protection, the perception of the victim and of the other actors involved in a case, as well as the systems of collection and exploitation of judicial statistics data, with results that are expected to be available at the end of this year.

The Observatori will be chaired by the Minister of Justice of the Generalitat, Ester Capella, its vice-president falls to the director of the Center d'Estudis Jurídics, Núria Clèries, and the constitution of this new body will be in a meeting in March.

It will also have responsible for the different areas of competence of the Department, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Interior, the Catalan Institute of Gifts, the Catalan Council of Advocacy, the Council of Col·legis de Procuradors dels Tribunals, Prosecutor's Office and the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia.

30,000 cases resolved

Seven women killed in 2018

In Catalonia there are 53 courts that assume cases of sexist violence, 19 of them with exclusive dedication to this area, and 499 professionals work there. During 2017, they resolved more than 30,000 cases and, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior, in 2018 there were 7 women murdered by their partners.

The profile of prisoners sentenced to prison for a crime of gender violence is a man (98.2%) with children (88.6%), they usually have no family history of criminal activity and those who enter prison are about 35 years old, they receive sentences of a maximum of two years (91.1%) and one in four recidivists.

In the case of convicts who do not enter prison, the most common alternative penal measure for crimes of sexist violence is a training program (55.7%), followed by the penalty of work for the benefit of the community (39.3%) , with a duration of between six months and a year, and the recidivism is one in 10.

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