One of the biggest problems in Spain over the past few years has been the increase in the number of cases of domestic violence. This year more than 30 women have died as a result of mistreatments.
The Fundación Telefónica and the City of Motril (Granada, Spain) are collaborating to set up a system based on mobile phones and GPS to help women mistreated by their partner.
The mobile phones, developped by the Telefónica Foundation and equipped with GPS technology, can send SOS messages to local police whenever the woman feels in danger. A control centre will be installed at the headquarters of the Motril police and the handsets will be distributed to five (only five!) women who will be taught how to use them.
The programme has previously been pionneered in other Spanish cities, including La Rioja, Pamplona, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Avilés or Santander.