25th February 2024
Sitges News

64 women subjected to sexist violence in Sitges this year to date

The Sitges Town Council has a Women’s Information and Advice Service (SIAD) which is free and is part of the ‘Comprehensive Care and Recovery Network’ for women who suffer sexist violence.

This is a free service that provides psychological support and legal advice to women, in addition to workshops, conferences and training talks.

According to data from SIAD, up until 14 November 2023, 76 women have been treated, of which 84.2% are due to situations of male violence (64 cases). Although the SIAD is a service aimed at providing care in all areas related to women’s lives, 80.5% of the women treated by this service in 2022 were also due to situations of male violence.

Sexist violence is a violation of human rights that is carried out through violence against women via physical, economic or psychological means (including threats, intimidation and coercion).

This year, there have been 18 reports to the police of gender-based violence (specifically by the partner or ex-partner) recorded, of which 7 have been issued with a restraining order. However, the number of these cases has decreased compared to last year.

The average age of the women treated is between 30 and 55 years. Violence in the sphere of the partner or ex-partner is the majority of cases. The type of violence most attended to at the SIAD is psychological violence and physical violence.

Since the beginning of this year, 64 women have died in Spain due to gender violence, according to a report prepared by Feminicidio.net.

On the occasion of 25 November, the International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women, the Sitges Town Council has scheduled, as every year, awareness-raising activities that include the reading of the institutional manifesto, which will take place on 25 November itself, at 12 noon, in the Town Hall Square.

The bibliographic exhibition ‘Les dones diem prou’ (‘Women say enough’) has also been scheduled from 20-30 November at the Josep Roig i Raventós Library.

The programme will continue on 29 November with a free workshop open to all citizens on awareness and reflection on the care and use of time, organised by Drets Civils, which will take place in the multipurpose room of the SIS (plaça Catalunya) from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Telephones and help lines for women

Sitges Women’s Information and Advice Service (SIAD) is at Carrer Samuel Barrachina 3. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. Telephone: 93 811 31 80 or e-mail: igulatt@sitges.cat

Victims of sexist violence have access to the free hotline 900 900 120, which is available 24 hours a day confidentially, leaves no trace, has 124 languages and a wide range of professionals, lawyers and psychologists who can contact emergency services, if necessary. The direct number for emergencis is 112.

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