ETIC_Algarve debates Domestic Violence based on photos by José Carlos Carvalho

Integral element of the Photography Exhibition Faro

Photo: ©José Carlos Carvalho – Filomena Teixeira, 42, killed by her husband on December 25th in Armamar

«Domestic Violence: Here a Man Killed a Woman» is the theme of the debate that ETIC_Algarve is promoting tomorrow, November 23rd, at 18pm, with the theme being the photographs by José Carlos Carvalho.

The initiative is part of the MFA – Algarve Photography Exhibition, which takes place in Faro and has ETIC_Algarve as a partner.

The debate will begin with the viewing of the project/report “Aqui um Homem Matou uma Mulher” (national portrait of domestic violence in the last decade), written by photojournalist José Carlos Carvalho.

The debate, which also features the participation of Manuel Albano, vice-president of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, as well as Sandra Esteves, member of the national secretariat of the Women's Democratic Movement, and in moderation Elisabete Rodrigues, director of Sul Informação and trainer at ETIC_Algarve.

Entry is free, upon registration.


Photographs Jose Carlos Carvalho texts of Teresa Campos infografia Alvaro Rosendo

As long as women die at the hands of those who promised to love them, this work will always be relevant. The Secretary of State for Equality said this when the exhibition “Aqui Morreu Uma Mulher” began its tour around the country; We can well repeat this when we present a revised and expanded version.

As an integral element of the Photography Exhibition of Faro, now called “Here a man killed a woman” revisits the initial work that resulted from a report that took us to travel across the country, from north to south, in 2015.

It had been 15 years since Parliament approved the law that made domestic violence a public crime. In other words, anyone can report it.

Furthermore, it was based on indignation at the hideous number of 43 women who, in the previous year, had been killed at the hands of those who had promised to love them, making 2014 a kind of annus horribilis for women.

What we found was a situation absolutely transversal to the entire Portuguese society: domestic violence against women exists on the coast and inland, in urban and rural areas, in all social classes, in all age groups.

On the eve of a decade since that moment, now, in 2023, the numbers confirm that there are no changes to the scenario of domestic violence across the country.

Throughout 2015, we would report 28 cases of women killed in the context of domestic violence. The numbers dropped a little over the next couple of years, but, as the Portuguese Victim Support Association already recalled, last year, we quickly returned to the sad pre-pandemic trajectory.

In this year 2023, the count has already reached 25 deaths.

On average, more than two women are killed per month.

If we do the math, the total is more than 500 since the year in which Portuguese law made us all responsible for reporting a crime of this nature.

Photo caption:

Filomena Teixeira, 42 years old, Armamar.
The place is called Santa Cruz and there are crosses everywhere – but they weren't enough to maintain harmony, not even on Christmas Eve. At 10 pm, a 40-year-old man shot his wife with a shotgun and then committed suicide.

It was their youngest daughter, aged 15, who still lived with them, who went to knock on a neighbor's door asking for help. “Help me, my father killed my mother.” At the door of the Terra parish council, Ana, the victim's niece, can barely hide her tears when we ask her about her cousins.

Liliana, 21 years old, the oldest, is working in Lisbon, Sofia, the other, at home. «She chose it: my father is her godfather».

The reasons for the disagreement are not known, the case is handed over to the Vila Real Judiciary.