I've got a female friend I've known all my life who's just been through gender violence and I still can’t believe it. We've got preconceptions about the sort of people who can end up in a situation like that and I’d never have imagined that she, a woman who was always strong and free, could have been subjected to all that, fearing for her life and scared to go outside. From my point of view, she wasn’t just put through physical, verbal and psychological violence from a man with drink problems. My friend has held onto and continues to hold on to certain memories that justify everything.
Gender violence: “Violence that is used against women as a manifestation of discrimination and inequality situations under a power relations system of men over women which, expressed physically, financially or psychologically, including threats, intimidation and duress, results in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering, in public or private”.
Law 5/2008, of 24 April, on the Right of Women to Eradicate Gender Violence