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Rajoy pledges “zero tolerance” as new gender violence campaign launched 

Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy has urged victims of gender-based violence to call 016 and file a complaint because “there truly is a way out.”

Presenting a new campaign to tackle gender-based violence, he said it was a national priority and a State policy that required unity and consensus.

He called for a social climate of commitment to the victims and zero tolerance for the abuser.

Following the presentation of the new campaign by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality to tackle gender-based violence, Sr. Rajoy sent out a message of hope to victims.

“There truly is a way out, which is what the campaign announces, and there are an increasing number of women managing to put gender-based violence behind them,” he said.

He urged women suffering from gender-based violence to ask for help by calling 016 and file a complaint because “the whole of society is with you, on your side, and against abusers so that you don’t suffer one moment longer”.

He also remembered women who have been murdered, their children and their families, and also those mothers of children who were murdered by their fathers. “You are in our minds and in our hearts,” he stated.

The Prime Minister highlighted the use of the 016 helpline, an informative and legal advisory phone service on issues of gender-based violence, whose offices he had visited prior to the presentation.

“Women that call 016 can contact professionals that offer a response to their doubts, their uncertainties and their fears, and they do so with the security of a phone line that leaves no trace of calls, is confidential, operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and which is free”, he pointed out. The President of the Government praised the work of these professionals, with whom he chatted during his visit.