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The pilot Court of Violence against Children registers an increase in cases

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The pilot Court of Violence against Children and Adolescents (Instruction No. 3 of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) registered a total of 607 complaints in its second year of operation (from October 1, 2022 to October 1, 2023), which represents an increase of 66.3% compared to the volume of proceedings initiated in the first year.

The statistics of the judicial body that operates in the Canary Islands judicial district as a national pilot experience since October 1, 2021, reveal that in the second year of the body’s activity, a total of 235 alleged cases of crimes against sexual freedom were reported in the judicial district. This represents a 95% increase in this type of prior proceedings compared to the first year.

The number of proceedings opened for crimes against moral integrity and physical and psychological inter-family abuse was 311 in the last fiscal year, which shows an increase of 64.5% in the volume of entry of this type of crime.

The Court explains that the large increase in complaints has slowed down the practice of pre-constituted evidence. Currently, the waiting time to complete them is 16 days.

The research group considers that the pilot experience of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria “will serve to endorse a new judicial policy that reduces the secondary victimisation of minor victims of violence through the creation and provision of specialised courts adapted to the childhood and adolescence”.

This court has managed to extend its activity for a second year as a national pilot experience thanks to the support and encouragement of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands and the extension has been agreed for a third year.

The post The pilot Court of Violence against Children in registers an increase in cases appeared first on Spain Today – Breaking Spanish News, Sport, and Information.

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