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Woman murders girlfriend during blazing row, sparking debate over 'gender' violence
16 April 2017 @ 21:46

A DOMESTIC led to murder in the early hours of this morning (Sunday) when a 53-year-old woman stabbed her partner to death at their home in Barcelona's Raval district.

The victim, a woman aged 57, is said to have suffered regular violent incidences at her partner's hands, and when their neighbours heard of the killing, they said they had been half-expecting it.

They say the deceased was often seen with bruises and other outward physical signs of violence, and that the two women – who had been living together for many years – frequently had blazing rows.

Police were called out at around 03.00 to the apartment on the Passatge Sant Bernat and the younger woman was arrested.

Speaking out on the crime today, the Spanish Observatory Against Homophobia said identical legal procedures and protections needed to be put in place for victims of same-gender relationship violence as those which have been designed to help women attacked or killed by their husbands or boyfriends.

Very little is ever mentioned in the Spanish media about men who are victims of violence at the hands of their wives or girlfriends, and it is believed embarrassment and fear of stigma and ridicule may prevent those who suffer such aggression from reporting their ordeal.


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