SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct. 13 (EUROPE PRESS) –
Complaints for alleged sexist violence filed in the judicial bodies of the Canary Islands during the second quarter of 2022 increased by 4.2% compared to the same period in 2021: from 2,280 to 2,376, according to data provided today Thursday by the Observatory against Domestic Violence and Gender of the General Council of the Judiciary.
Official data details that the number of alleged victims (an alleged victim can file more than one complaint, hence the numbers of complaints and victims do not have to coincide) grew by 3.9% in the second quarter of this year in Canary Islands compared to the same period of the previous one: from 2,277 in the spring of 2021 to 2,366 in 2022; the resignations of the complainants to testify against their alleged aggressor grew by 30.7% (from 231 between April and June 2021 to 302 in the same period of 2022), and the rate of cases of victims of gender violence for every 10,000 women increased between April and June by 3.6%, going from 20.7 to 21.5.
As far as protection orders are concerned, the judicial bodies with competences in Violence against Women in the Islands initiated 444 last spring, 4.5% less than in the same period. In no case was there inadmissibility. 303 were adopted (18.3% less than in the same period of 2021) and 141 were denied, 65.9% more than in the previous spring.
As for people prosecuted, there were 749 who sat in the dock between April and June 2022, 0.7% more than in the same period in 2021 (744). Of these, 680 were convicted, that is, 90.8%, 0.7% less than the previous spring.
The data on the manner of termination of the procedures indicate that last spring 2,301 processes were completed in the Islands for violence against women: 679 through a conviction (8.5% more than in the same period of 2021) , 56 through acquittal (-3.4%), 108 through free dismissal order (-4.4%), 880 with provisional dismissal (+10.3%), 199 by elevation to superior body (+9 .9%) and 379 by other means (+4.1%).
FOURTH HIGHEST RATE
Always according to data from the Observatory, the Canary Islands registered during the second quarter of 2022 a rate of 21.5 victims of gender violence for every 10,000 women, the fourth highest rate in the country. The highest in the reference period was Murcia (28.5), followed by the Balearic Islands (27.6) and Valencia (24.2). The national average was 18.4, which is 3.1 cases less than in the Archipelago. The community with the lowest rate was Castilla León: 11.6 cases per 100,000 women.
Taking into account that it was possible for more than one complaint to be filed for the same crime or for a case to be filed at the police headquarters, the 2,376 complaints registered in the Canary Islands between April and June of this year crystallized in the accounting of 2,335 crimes. The Council’s statistics break them down by Islands.
Thus, in reference to the province of Las Palmas, the statistics detail 178 crimes of sexist violence registered in Fuerteventura (146 crimes of injuries, eight against sexual freedom and indemnity, 21 breaches of sentences and 3 breaches of measures); 942 in Gran Canaria (573 injuries, 74 against freedom, 23 against sexual freedom and indemnity, 25 against moral integrity, 44 against honour, three against family rights and duties, 148 breaches of sentence, 49 breaches of measures and three unspecified) and 146 in Lanzarote (99 injuries, 11 against freedom, four against freedom and sexual indemnity, three against moral integrity, 16 violations of sentences and 13 violations of measure).
In the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, three crimes were recorded in El Hierro (all three involving injuries); in La Gomera, eight (one for injuries, another against sexual freedom and indemnity, five against moral integrity and one breach of sentence); in La Palma, 79 (53 injuries and mistreatment, seven against privacy and the right to one’s own image, nine against moral integrity, three breaches of measure and seven unspecified crimes); in Tenerife, 979 (718 injuries, 78 against freedom, one against sexual freedom and indemnity, 26 against moral integrity, 12 against honor, 54 breaches of sentence, 70 breaches of measures and 20 unspecified).