Palma.—A domestic violence watchdog reported yesterday that there were 79.51 legal complaints brought to bear last year for every 100'000 head of population, the highest rate in Spain.

Following the Balearics, in second place came Murcia with 79.15 complaints per 100'000 head of population, and then the Canary Islands with 75.56.
Extremadura has the lowest rate of 35.72 per 100'000. At a national level, the number of cases brought to the attention of police last year remained stable at just over 134'002, a daily average of 367, -0.1 percent less than in 2010.

The watchdog claimed that 71.48 percent of the cases were brought by the victims, 14.65% as a result of police intervention with remainder being registered by social services and family members.

In 6 out of 10 cases, protection orders were sought whilst the couple were still living together. Domestic violence watchdog President Inmaculada Montalban said that of the cases which have been presented so far in 2012, it was disappointing that none of the victims has officially denounced their partners for aggression.

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