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The Psychosocial Unit in Civil Protection Emergencies dealt with 19 cases of gender violence last year (22/05/2020)

| An agreement with the Ministry of Family and Equal Opportunities will allow volunteers to offer psychological and comprehensive assistance and care to women victims of violence of gender and their children | The Governing Board has approved the extension of the collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Family and Equal Opportunities to reinforce the protection and comprehensive assistance to victims of gender violence in the municipality, through the Psychosocial Unit in Emergencies of the Grouping of Civil Protection Volunteers for a period of 24 months.In this way, Civil Protection volunteers complete the care that the Autonomous Community offers to victims of gender violence, these actions being carried out on weekends on 24-hour guards by volunteer psychologists.Thus, once derived from the 112 Urgent Telephone Attention Device for Battered Women, 24 professionals in psychology and social work, trained in emergencies and crisis intervention, offer immediate and comprehensive psychological assistance and attention to women victims of violence of gender and their children.In addition, they move to the victim's home or to the place where she deems appropriate, to effectively carry out the task of accompaniment in the interventions that are necessary.This agreement has been a pioneer between the General Directorate for Women and the Civil Protection volunteers of the Murcia City Council, currently extending this experience to other municipalities.The Psychosocial Unit in emergencies of the Civil Protection Volunteer Group is currently made up of 24 volunteers, including six psychologists and two social workers.All of them are formed by the General Directorate for Women for the care of victims of gender violence.Last March, the course for access to Civil Protection was carried out with volunteers, among whom are ten new applicants to this Unit who, when circumstances allow, will receive the 20-hour training, an essential requirement for assistance and accompaniment to victims of gender violence.Last year 2019, this team served 63 interventions, of which 19 were gender-based violence.EMAVI AND EPAFThis is one more of the actions that the City Council carries out to protect victims of gender violence.The municipal Social Services have a multidisciplinary team, the EMAVI (Municipal Team for Attention to Gender Violence), which provides a service for women who suffer gender violence.It offers direct attention to women (orientation, specialized professional advice and accompaniment in their personal process, aimed at achieving the emotional, social and economic independence of the aggressor), empowering women to develop an autonomous life and fostering the affected and their sons and daughters in municipal foster homes.Likewise, the Local Police has the Family Protection and Care Team that immediately attends to victims of family violence (Domestic and Gender Violence).

It is made up of a corporal and five female officers, with specialized training, who operate without uniforms and with camouflaged vehicles for greater discretion in performances.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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