In the year 2015, the Spanish Criminal Code was reformed. Ever since, anyone guilty of harassing their partner or ex-partner can be sentenced to up to two years in prison.
Harassment can take on many shapes and forms, but it always carries the same sentence. Harassment can include: stalking or following, insistent texting or calling, using the victim’s personal data to buy things under their name, etc.
Harassment typically takes place after a break up, when one person does not agree with their significant other’s decision and tries to get closer to their ex-partner in an attempt to rekindle the relationship.
WHAT TO DO IF…
If you are being harassed by your ex, the first thing to do is to block them on all social media and WhatsApp or similar text-messaging apps. It’s best if he or she knows nothing of your new life. Often, this alone is enough to stop the harassment.
However, if that isn’t enough to put an end to it, if he or she gets in touch with your friends and family to find out how you’re doing, or waits for you outside of your place of work or home, then it’s likely that you will have to report the situation in order to make it stop.
People suffering from harassment start leading very limited lives, because they’re afraid they’ll encounter their harasser or that he or she may actually harm them. If you blocked your ex-partner and their harassment hasn’t stopped, report them.
EXAMPLES OF HARASSMENT CASES
I started a new relationship and my ex-girlfriend won’t let me live it down. She follows me everywhere, she turns up at my work place unannounced. The worst part is she calls me non-stop, from her phone and that of other people, so I can’t block her number.
My ex-husband hasn’t come to terms with our break-up, and even though it’s been months he’s still obsessed with the thought of us getting back together. I sometimes pick up the phone so he won’t become too hysterical, because if I don’t he’ll call me twenty or thirty times until I finally cave.
Every morning I have at least four emails from my ex-wife; she calls me at work and now she isn’t allowed to visit my office. The last time she showed up she started to yell, and she created such a scene that we had to call the police. She routinely goes to places where she knows she’ll run into me and starts shouting hysterically at me. I don’t know what to do, but I want it to stop.