Violence against women on the rise in Brazil

14:49, August 05, 2010      

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The complaints received by the Center of Attention to Women in Brazil grew 112 percent between January and June this year when 343,000 calls were made, compared to the 161,000 calls in the same period last year, the Special Secretariat of Policies for Women (SPM) said Wednesday.

The calls were made to the help line "Call 180," which in the first quarter of 2010 registered 62,000 reports of assaults, including psychological, physical, moral and sexual abuse, attacks against property, private jail and traffic incidents, as well as 8,900 cases of threats.

"We must not underestimate the threats. So we configure them as an extremely important indicator of risk," SPM Minister Nilcea Freire said.

More than 67 percent of women who reported violence are aged between 25 and 50 years. In 72 percent of the cases, women reported living with the perpetrator, and in more than half of the cases they declared to be at risk of death.

The SPM reported that 73 percent of perpetrators are males between the ages of 20 and 45, and 55 percent only have an elementary school education.

The Federal District, where the capital city of Brasilia is located, leads the ranking of claims in relative terms, with 267 occurrences per every 50,000 women.

Source: Xinhua


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