REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File PhotoEmails to abuse helplines soared nearly six-fold in April, the first full month of Spain’s lockdown.
They’d ring saying, ‘I can speak now because I’ve taken the dog out’ - then they’d disappear,” said Carmen Benito, president of the Women’s Association Against Abuse.
“Abuse hasn’t decreased: opportunities for the victim’s entourage to gain access and help her break the silence have,” she said.
Non-physical abuse has also increased, with women’s associations citing cases of men rationing food, sequestering partners in a single room or depriving them of communication.
“Women were alone with their aggressors, had no contact with neighbours, family, or friends,” said lawyer Irene Ramirez, who volunteers for the Commission Investigating Mistreatment of Women, an NGO.
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