Those who live with a violent or threatening partner have suffered an additional burden during the stresses everyone’s been under over the past year or so. Today, twelve departments of Adeje Ayuntamiento have been awarded the distinctive Punto Violeta (Purple Point), marking them as safe spaces for victims of domestic violence seeking assistance. Following specialized training undertaken by 117 members of staff from the departments in question, the council can offer a protective network for women who are victims of domestic violence seeking information, assistance, etc. The departments include youth, disability, employment, consumer rights, public attention, sports, communication and culture. The training programme was financed by the Tenerife Cabildo and was part of the larger campaign under the label “Cuenta conmigo, cuento contigo” (count on me, I’m counting on you).
Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said that the council continues “to do everything within our power to stamp out violence against women. This is just one of the actions we have developed through the Equality Council, and made possible through the commitment of the different departmental councillors and the staff involved.” Last November the mayor presented this project to public and private bodies and businesses. “The first step is taken”, he said, “the council is committed to leading by example in training our staff regarding domestic violence and how to deal with victims, because in each area of the council we can use tools to detect the problem and work to find an answer.” The mayor also encouraged associate bodies and businesses to join the network. “No one should be looking away; we cannot simply say it has nothing to do with us. This is a societal problem and we can only end it if we all act”.
To be awarded a ‘Punto Violeta’ at least 10% of a workforce need to take part in an equality and domestic violence prevention training programme. The council, through the department of equality headed by councillor Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, offered a free course to workers online – the course details are HERE. At the same time the council will be evaluating activities undertaken by other bodies which work towards equality of opportunity, and the prevention of domestic violence. “The Puntos violetas are geo-located through our webpages. These are safe spaces for women, with the added benefit of knowing that the staff have received specific training in the relevant material”, the councillor explained.
The Adeje Equality Council and the department of equality are where the project’s evolution are evaluated. Revisions will take place a number of times during the year, and those taking part must make their adhesion to the project visible to the public as well as preparing an annual report on activities undertaken in this regard.