Murders due to sexist violence have increased dramatically in the last two months, but in the last hours there have been two events – the discovery of the body of Olivia, one of the disappeared girls in Tenerife, and also the known case in Estepa (Seville ) – that have shaken Spanish society.
Since 2013 (which is when this type of violence against women was typified)Furthermore, 39 minors have been murdered by their parents. In an interview with Hour 14, Teresa Peramato, prosecutor of the Violence against Women Chamber, has assured that “in most of those 39 cases there were no prior complaints, so the capacity of the institutions is very limited.”
According to Peramato, “there are legislative tools”, but the problem lies in the ability to assess risk and for that “we need expert professionals” who can listen to children. “Perhaps we do not have them in all courts and in all provinces,” he said.
“I appeal to the Ministry of Justice to provide the tools we need,” added the prosecutor. “Women who suffer gender violence need support and resources to get out of the scope of this violence.”
“These horrible news have to remove the blindfold from us so that, when we learn of the case of a relative, a friend or a neighbor, we are vigilant to take their side and accompany them, “added Peramato.
“Right now, a law for the protection of children and adolescents has just been approved, which provides an important change in the regulation of the visitation regime, subordinating it to the general interest of the minor, and the comprehensive law already in force says that if the judge does not suspend the visitation regime, he must specify what measures are necessary to protect children and their mothers. “
The presumption of innocence, according to Peramato, It is a basic principle of Justice, but “one thing does not take away the other” and if a risky situation is detected, action must be taken. “If we don’t protect children, we don’t protect mothers, and if we don’t protect mothers, we don’t protect children. The presumption of innocence has nothing to do with the possibility of implementing precautionary measures. “