Shocking toll of domestic violence in Canaries
A shock death in Icod de los Vinos has once again turned the spotlight on domestic violence, with new figures showing the problem is cause for great concern in the Canaries.
A 63-year-old Swiss woman was found dead in her home in Icod on Friday, June 21st, sparking a full-scale police investigation and at one stage, the arrest of her partner, also Swiss and aged 64
The results of an autopsy were still being awaited as the Tenerife News went to press but it is understood she had suffered injuries and her partner was interviewed in connection with possible domestic abuse prior to her death.
Whether or not this turns out to be the case, latest figures make uncomfortable reading. The islands are currently leading the national ranking of sexist crimes so far this year with some horrendous cases.
According to data from the Government Delegation against Gender Violence, this year there have been five confirmed sexist crimes in the Canary Islands, plus two other cases under investigation: the death in Lanzarote of Romina Celeste Núñez, whose partner is in provisional detention with charges of murder and ill-treatment; and the death of the woman in Icod.
The total number of victims rises to eight if the child who was killed along with his mother by a German citizen in a cave in Adeje on April 24th is taken into account.
The Canary Islands is currently the community with the highest number of women killed in sexist crimes so far this year in Spain, ahead of Madrid, which has triple the population and has four victims.
Shocking cases here in-clude a woman found in a burning car in La Laguna, the murder of a woman in her house in Santa Cruz and the death of a 42-year-old Swedish woman in Gran Canaria. A 39-year-old Colombian woman was also shot dead by her partner, also in Gran Canaria before he committed suicide.
According to Spanish media, 1,671 women rece-ived protection measures for sexist violence in the Canary Islands during 2018, 24.8 per cent more than in 2018 (INE). The increase of women with protection measures in the islands triples the observed at the national level (+7.9%).