Domestic violence

A union representing local police officers involved in a team dedicated to protecting the victims of domestic violence, have denounced the local government of Córdoba for removing them from their protection duties during holidays such as Easter.

The Central Sindical Independiente y de Funcionarios, or CSIF, state that under new working conditions being implemented, the officers on the team cannot be held responsible “for the security and integrity of the victims” during Easter, summer and other holiday periods, when they are removed from their dedicated roles to fulfil other duties, still expected to fill their roles, but “in a secondary level without direct attention”.

Despite increasing campaigns for raising security and awareness of the victims of domestic violence, and the alarming sudden increase in reported cases in the run up to International Women´s Day, the union believe that this move will be of “enormous damage” to those people who need help for suffering or have suffered physical or verbal attacks by their partners or former partners.

An attempt to remove officers from the sensitive team was implemented in February of last year, despite being dismissed as “nonsense” at the time, later to be revoked, just a few months after it had started, on account of the need for a dedicated unit such as this.

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