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article imageSpanish locksmiths refuse wife-beaters access to their homes

By Anne Sewell     Sep 27, 2013 in World
With the economic crisis in Spain, times are hard. Because of this more cases of physical and verbal abuse by husbands against their wives are happening. Two locksmiths are now trying to do something to help in the situation.
So often stories of murder or domestic violence head up the Spanish news these days. Despite the launch of numerous awareness campaigns by the country's Ministry of Equality, which have had limited success, the violence continues.
Now two Spanish hardware businesses in the northern city of León, locksmith Luis Fernández Marín and "la Ferretería La Llave," will be offering round-the-clock and totally free door lock replacements to women who are the victims of physical and verbal abuse by their husbands or partners. The idea, of course, being to lock the abusers out, so they cannot continue the violence.
Diario Digital de León reports (in Spanish) that León’s Union of Locksmiths in the Castile and León region have reached an agreement with local government to provide the free service to any woman who has had a domestic violence court order approved.
The two hardware shops in León, northern Spain, will be on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any woman who needs her locks changed to keep her abusive partner out.
To raise awareness of this new free service, Locksmith Union offers information and has established a call center to handle requests and to coordinate the professional service by phone.
Government official Juan Carlos Suárez-Quiñones told local daily León Noticias (in Spanish), "Tackling this problem requires joint action by all of society and we must break the silence that, without doubt, is the biggest accomplice in many situations of abuse."
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