Hardly a day passes in Spain without another murder of a woman at the hands of her husband or partner making the headlines.
The country’s Ministry of Equality has launched numerous awareness campaigns in recent years in a bid to get victims and witnesses to speak up about domestic violence.
Their success has been limited.
Now a brand-new hands-on scheme is being set up in the region of Castile and Leon to physically stop aggressors from attacking their victims.
León’s Union of Locksmiths has reached an agreement with the local government to provide a free service to any woman who has had a domestic violence court order approved.
So far, two hardware stores in the northern Spanish city will be on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year for any woman who needs her locks changed to stop her partner from entering the property.
“We need the whole of society on board to fight this problem,” government official Juan Carlos Suárez-Quiñones told local daily León Noticias.