Saturday, August 13

The Government approves the extension of the telephone protection service to all victims of sexist violence

The Council of Ministers has given the green light this Tuesday to the Royal Decree that extends the telephone attention and protection service (ATENPRO) to victims of sexist violence outside of the partner or ex-partner. This has been explained by the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, in the press conference after the meeting coinciding with the week of November 25, International Day against Sexual Violence, which is celebrated this Thursday. The decree regulates a direct concession of 32 million euros for the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), which manages the service through the Red Cross.

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Currently this mobile phone and telelocation resource can only be accessed by victims who suffer violence by men with whom they have a romantic relationship now or in the past, but the objective is to extend it to all. In this way, those who suffer sexual violence, sexual exploitation or trafficking will also be able to access the service that offers immediate and specialized care 24 hours a day. The transfer will also serve to modernize the technological devices that are used.

When they need it, victims can use the devices to contact a specialized or emergency center staffed by specialized personnel who will guide them or mobilize the necessary resources to care for and protect them. According to the latest data, ATENPRO serves 16,500 women, but Equality estimates that it will reach 50,000 in 2023.

The Royal Decree contemplates a credit of 32 million euros within the framework of European funds and the Spain Plan protects you against Sexual Violence: 11.6 for this 2021 and 10.4 in 2022 and 2023. With this it is expected to improve the technology of the devices, increase the time of use of the batteries, improve accessibility for women with disabilities and expand coverage “to facilitate their use by rural women who live in areas with little coverage,” says Equality.

Both the approval of the Royal Decree and the institutional declaration on the occasion of the 25N also agreed in the Council of Ministers “go in the same direction and is to emphasize that the fight against sexist violence is a matter of State”, said Irene Montero in the Press conference.

The minister wanted to highlight “the unwavering commitment” of the Government “to combat and eradicate all forms of violence against women” and has sent a message to women: “We are not going to rest until we always arrive on time, while there is still a sexist murder, a sexual assault or a situation of harassment, we will be there “.