The Canarian government’s Instituto Canario de Igualdad (ICI) and the seven island Cabildos have confirmed their commitment to fund services and centres throughout the Canaries dedicated to fighting domestic violence and helping victims of abuse. The regional Government’s minister for Presidencia, Justicia e Igualdad, Francisco Hernández Spínola, and the director of the ICI, Elena Máñez, said that it was only through such joined-up government that such an issue could begin to be tackled.

The system has been in place for some years, with budgets allocated annually: 2015’s is €8.9m, of which €4.8 millones will go to the ICI and €4.1 to the Cabildos. Spinola said, however, that society also had a fundamental role to play in the matter, and that institutions and official action, however well intentioned and funded, could not be the only answer. “It’s not a private matter”, he said, “but one which affects the whole of society”.  In the last last four years, he explained, victim helpline assistance through the 112 emergency number has averaged over 13,000 incidents of domestic violence. Spinola said that he deplored and condemned the killing of women and sometimes their children, and recalled that in the last decade more than fifty women have died as the result of domestic violence in the Canaries.

Máñez for her part said that since 2002 the collaborative system has resulted in a public network of services and centres for the care of victims of domestic violence throughout the Canaries, an essential network for “the most dreadful manifestation of inequality”, which is how she described domestic violence. She said that individually and collectively, instutions and society must work for its eradication. Specifically, the network provides immediate attention through the Dispositivo de Emergencia para Mujeres Agredidas (DEMA – emergency measures for women who’ve been assaulted); specialized care and intervention through services and information centres; guidance and advice; integral and multi-disciplinary care and intervention; and temporary refuge shelters of various types.

Please note that I’ve made a dedicated information page HERE with more detail on what is available, and the processes to follow in cases of chronic and emergency domestic abuse.

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