Posted on June 24, 2017 7:02 am
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Categories: Women

The Guns May Silence in Colombia: What About Violence Against Women, Including Abuse and Femicides?

“Women in [Colombia] the South American nation of 48 million people are more likely to experience violence in their homes than on the street and their attackers are often people they know. The biggest threat of physical or sexual violence to women and girls comes from former or current boyfriends, husbands, stepfathers or relatives, making home the most dangerous place for women in Colombia.

“In 2015, nearly 41,000 women reported suffering abuse at the hands of their partners, with 80 percent of attacks occurring inside the home, according to Colombia’s National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. “A very high percentage of violence against women happens outside of the conflict and specifically in the domestic space,” Belen Sanz, head of U.N. Women in Colombia, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“One woman is killed every four days in Colombia. Many are victims of femicide – a killing of a woman by a man because of her gender – often at the hands of a former or current partner.” Reuters