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

How can I help her? Read other people’s experiences

Has a woman close to you been suffering from gender violence? How did you help her, what was your role?

If one of your neighbours, friends or colleagues at work has been suffering from gender violence, send us your testimony explaining your role. What did you do to support her? What feelings and challenges did you experience? Do you think it was worth it? How did she react?

Send your testimony along with your name (or alias), age and the district you live in:

bcnantimasclista@bcn.cat

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.

Pol, 34 years old
L'Eixample, Barcelona

I've had to retrieve written information to place myself once again in those months (2 years) during which I was put through a real ordeal. Time has fortunately erased the unpleasant memories and, after 5 years of peace and tranquillity, when I can even say I’ve let down my guard, I will happily tell you about my experience because luckily it ended well.

Marta, 36 years old
Sant Martí, Barcelona