The Evaluation and Monitoring Committee for Lethal Cases of Gender Violence has examined in detail the circumstances of the last ten male murders registered in Spain with the aim of analysing the actions carried out in each case.
Gender Violence Evaluation Committee
The meeting, held by videoconference, was led by the head of Gender Violence, Studies and Training of the Secretary of State for Security, María Jesús Cantos, and was attended by the heads of the Viogén System and various commanders of the specialised units of the National Police, Guardia Civil, Ertzaintza, Mossos d’Esquadra and Policía Foral de Navarra.
The roundtable analysed the ten murders of gender violence registered since this body held its last meeting on 26 May 2023. Of the ten victims, only three were registered in the VioGén System, and the heads of the police forces responsible for their protection explained the circumstances of each specific case to the rest of the members of the Evaluation Committee on Tuesday.
With regard to the seven victims who were not registered in the VioGén System, commanders of the police forces responsible for investigating the crime according to its place of commission informed the rest of the members of the Evaluation Committee of the progress of the investigations launched after the murders were committed.
The Evaluation and Follow-up Committee for the Evaluation and Follow-up of Lethal Cases of Gender Violence was created by Instruction 1/2023 of the Secretary of State for Security as a result of the positive evaluation of the experience of convening a police working group last January to analyse each of the homicides or murders due to gender violence perpetrated in 2022.
That session was an initiative of the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, and yielded important results such as the creation of a communication protocol to alert victims of gender violence if their aggressors are repeat offenders, a reinforcement of prevention measures in the face of the risk posed by these ‘persistent aggressors’ or mechanisms for police verification of compliance with the judicial protection measures dictated against them.
Instruction 1/2023 of the Secretary of State for Security also created this Evaluation and Monitoring Committee for the Evaluation and Monitoring of Lethal Cases of Gender Violence, in which all the police actors integrated in the VioGén System participate with the aim of obtaining improvements in the prevention of crimes against women.