A 35-year-old woman died shortly after 7am this morning in the Los Gladiolos area of Santa Cruz. Social worker Guacimara Rodríguez becomes the first victim of domestic violence in the Canaries this year. Witnesses say that despite there being no history of an abusive relationship, her 42-year-old killer and former partner murdered her with a knife, stabbingn her at least six times in front of their two children in the lift to her apartment. He has already been detained by the Policía Nacional.
Domestic violence is a problem throughout Spain, and the Canaries is well up the list of offending areas. Women are not unprotected by the authorities, however, and there are refuges, and dedicated police units, to help anyone who is in fear of, or an actual victim of, domestic violence. Please do read my page HERE for further information.