The vice president and spokesman for the Institute for Family Policy in Spain, Mariano Martinez-Aedo, said last week the latest figures on homicides among couples show that marriage is the best antidote to violence.
“Marriage is where the least amount of violence among couples occurs, which makes it the best antidote to violence,” Martinez-Aedo remarked.
According to the Institute, in 2008, six out of every ten homicides took place between emotionally involved couples. While one homicide occurred for every 311,000 marriages, in the case of couples who are unmarried, it was one homicide for every 25,000.
This means that for every homicide among married couples, twelve take place among unmarried couples, he explained.
Martinez-Aedo said this was a confirmation of the importance of marriage and its role in society. For this reason, he added, the institute is urging the government to promote policies that support and uplift marriage.