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  • People shout slogans during a protest after a Spanish court condemned five men accused of the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman, in Malaga, Spain, April 26, 2018.

    People shout slogans during a protest after a Spanish court condemned five men accused of the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman, in Malaga, Spain, April 26, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 April 2019

That's nine more femicides in the country since last year in the same time-frame.

So far this year, 16 women have been killed in Spain, with a higher number of women killed by gender violence between January 1 and April 8 than compared to seven in the same time frame last year.

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Of all those who died in 2019, only one had filed a complaint against their attacker, according to official data released Monday by the Government Delegation for Gender Violence, which confirmed in that specific case that measures of protection had not been launched at the time of the murder.

The delegation explained that except in two cases, the victim and the aggressor were a couple. In 11 of the crimes, they both lived together, while in five, the couple did not. Currently, 11 minors have been left orphaned as a result of the murder of their mothers.

The Spanish Executive added that of the 16 aggressors, nine were Spanish, and seven were foreigners. As for the victims, ten were Spanish and six were from another country. January marked the murders of seven women, the most this year, while four women were killed in March from gender violence.

One of the latest confirmed deaths was that of a 26-year-old Moldovan woman who disappeared on March 7 in Vinaroz. Days later, the Spanish Civil Guard located her body in Ulldecona showing visible signs of violence.

This past weekend another woman was found dead on the beach of Doniños, in the Coruña municipality of Ferrol. Researchers have also ruled that yet another woman who was found dead in Torrevieja, Spain, was a new case of domestic violence.

The latest murders bring the number of women killed by their partners or ex-partners in Spain to 991 since 2003 when the Spanish government began to produce official statistics.

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