Thursday, December 2

An alleged abuser arrested in Barcelona after his wife made the distress signal with her hand

The Mossos d’Esquadra have arrested an alleged abuser after his partner made the international distress signal in the waiting room of a private medical center in the Barcelona neighborhood of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi. The news has been released by the autonomous police itself on its profile on the social network Twitter.

As detailed the events took place last Thursday around 2:30 pm. The woman was in the waiting room only accompanied by this man when she made the signal with her hands. An employee recognized the gesture and called the emergency number.

After the call, a police patrol went to the medical center where they took a statement. She said she suffered continuous threats and contempt from the man, that the mistreatment had been going on for a long time and that on occasions it had reached physical violence, with some push, reports Metropoli.

Following this statement, the 64-year-old man was arrested as the alleged perpetrator of a crime of abuse at home. The defendant would have already gone to court.

This distress signal is part of an online initiative launched by the organizations Canadian Women’s Foundation and Womens Funding Network to help women victims of gender violence.

This initiative arises in the context of confinement by COVID-19, where women faced special difficulties in being able to ask for help in addition to being forced to spend more time with their abuser. During the 1940s, the gesture went viral through social networks, especially on Tik Tok.

In fact, this is not the first time that this signal has helped a woman in a dangerous situation. Last week, a 16-year-old girl was rescued from a kidnapping in North Carolina, after a young man identified the gesture through the window of the vehicle where the teenager was traveling.

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