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Victims of domestic violence assured: “You are not alone.” 

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Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has told women who are victims of violence: “There is a way out, you are not alone.”

The President of the Government took part in the events held to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which were reflected across Tenerife, the Canary Islands and the mainland.

In his speech, he stressed that a society without violence against women was possible because “more and more of us stand up and fight against this situation every day.”

Mariano Rajoy began his speech by paying a “warm-hearted tribute” to all the women killed by their partners during the course of this last year, as well as to the children who lost their mothers.

“We share the pain of these families and, on behalf of the Government of Spain, I tell them that they are in our hearts and in our thoughts,” he said. Furthermore, he recognised the work of those people who help these women “escape the vicious circle of violence in which they find themselves.”

The President of the Government stressed that violence against women was “the greatest expression of abuse and inequality, and represents a breach of human rights that is unacceptable in a society committed to the values of equality and dignity.”

He stressed that those who continue to suffer “abuse in any of its forms” because “they should know they are not alone” and that they have the support and solidarity of Spanish society and the Government of Spain. For that reason, he encouraged them “to break the vicious circle of abuse” and call the 016 helpline, through which “they have the chance to report their situation and receive help from the many professionals willing to provide assistance.”

Spain offers a national network of women’s shelters, personalised protection plans and free legal services for victims.

In this regard, Mariano Rajoy said that Spain has taken giant strides in recent years and “has become a bench-mark country in this fight with a response model that stands as a fine example for many others”. Nonetheless, he added “there is much more to be done”.