Arrigorriaga’s wife has handed over the keys to her house so as not to risk staying on the street



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Social services have warned him that if the eviction were delayed, he would be left without the housing alternative they offered him. Dozens of people have tried this morning to stop the eviction in Arrigorriaga de Joaqui, a victim of sexist violence.

Today, November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Joaqui, a woman victim of sexist violence has been evicted from her home, where she lived with his daughter with functional diversity and two minor granddaughters. There was an order to expel her from her house, to hand it over to her attacker, her ex-husband.

Since the morning dozens of people have come to the Abusu neighborhood to offer support to the family. Joaqui, his daughter and the granddaughters were not in the house, however, several members of the Batu Mutual Support Network have remained inside the house until the last moment.

The Ertzaintza has cordoned off the area of ​​Joaqui’s home portal, and as reported by the Batu Mutual Support Network, in a moment of tension, it has attacked the concentrates.

At around 11:30 a.m., the judicial procession arrived to execute the eviction, also personnel from Social services of the City Council, who have warned Joaqui that, in the event that the eviction were delayed, he would lose the alternative housing for victims of sexist violence that the City Council offered him, and in which he has lived for about a week.

Before that ultimatum, and at the risk of staying on the street, Joaqui has given in to give the key to his house, thus completing the eviction.

Joaqui was married to a man who used gender violence against her, for which she was convicted. However, her ex-husband never entered prison for this reason, not even after having violated the restraining order.

“Our neighbor spent 2 years with an escort, because her safety was seriously endangered, making life in the neighborhood not pass smoothly and normally,” they say.

During the years of relationship, both signed a notarial document for which she had to pay 625,000 pesetas to her husband to obtain ownership of the house, while he held the usufruct of it. This means that Joaqui, despite not living there, would have to face all the costs of the community. “Obviously, this is an unfair agreement, which was signed under conditions of manipulation and ignorance, in a context of inequality of power, “they warn.

Based on this agreement, her ex-partner denounced Joaqui in 2019, with the intention of throwing her, her daughter and her granddaughters out of the house, and thus being able to return to reside in that house. “She, used to living all this alone, did not share her situation with anyone other than her lawyer and grassroots social services until 2021; when the aggressor reported Joaqui again, she told a neighbor what was happening to him “, they explain.

For a week they have lived in a room provided by the Arrigorriaga City Council, and they are looking, together with Social Services, for a suitable social rental housing for them.

In the following video, Joaqui herself offers her testimony:

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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