Sexist violence increases by 28.6% among people under the age of 18


There has been an increase in both the number of victims of adolescents and those reporting gender-based violence

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The greatest increase in the number of victims of gender-based violence in 2021 was among those under the age of 18. According to data from INE (National Institute of Statistics), the number of affected people in this age group is 28.6% more than in 2020. This figure has increased with the number of male attackers.

The number of people reported for gender-based violence has increased in the youngest population group in society (70.8%) compared to the previous year, indicating that gender-based violence now begins earlier in age.

The rest of the data showed that almost half of the victims were between 30 and 44 years old (47.5%) and the average age of the women was between 37 and 40 years. Of the women who had precautionary measures or protection orders in place, 30,141 were affected by this type of violence, up 3.2% from the previous year.

The autonomous communities with the greatest annual increase in gender-based violence in relative terms are La Rioja (2.5%) and the region of Murcia and Ceuta, both at 2.3%. In contrast, the Basque Country (0.6%) and Catalonia (0.8%) presented the lowest rates of gender violence.

Criminal Offenses and Precautionary Measures

In 2021, 36,362 criminal offenses related to gender-based violence were registered, a number which is an increase of about 6% compared to 2020. Of the most frequent crimes, half had to do with injuries to the other person (49.1%), along with physical and psychological abuse (21.2%) and threats (15.5%).

On the other hand, the most frequently occurring criminal precautionary measures were a ban on contact with certain people (37%), avoidance of communication with certain individuals (36.4%) and temporary release (13.4%).

And among the most frequent civil precautionary measures during the past year, the payment of alimony (27%), the determination of the custody regime (26.3%) and the visitation regime (19.2%) stand out.

Condemnation for gender violence

The highest increase in reporting gender-based violence was among adolescent males (70.8%) and youth between 18 and 19 years (15.7%), a rise coinciding with an increase in the number of females. type of violence.

A total of 30,047 men were prosecuted for gender-based violence with protection orders or precautionary measures throughout 2021, a 3.1% increase from the previous year.

Nearly half (48.2%) of those reported were concentrated in middle age, between 30 and 44 years old, while the median age of those reported was closer to 40 years. In addition, the highest rates of reported males were reached in the 30- to 34-year-old groups.

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