A total of 700 women have been murdered in Spain in the last decade in crimes which have been attributed to gender violence, with 600,000 women said to suffer each year, but only a quarter of cases are reported, according to the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas.

In 2003, when records began to be collated with a new outlook on violence towards women, 71 were killed, 62 of whom were Spanish. The youngest was less than 17 years of age, whereas 27 of the women were in their 30´s, the largest age group affected. In over half of the cases recorded, the acts of violence were conducted by their male partner. Statistics were revised in 2006, taking other elements into account.

In 2012, the last whole year for which data is available, the figure was the lowest since 2013, although there was still a tragic 52 domestic related killings. So far this year there has been 42 officially recorded deaths, with an additional 4 cases awaiting confirmation that they could be classed as domestic abuse.

Of course the victims are not only those who are killed, one survey reveals that 840,000 children are affected by violence between their parents, with over half a million directly abused. This year, some 37 children have become orphaned as a direct result of a domestic violence related death.

Amnesty International are heading a campaign called “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence”, which starts on the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on the 10th of December, which is Human Rights Day, in the hope of raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level.

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