Women in the Dominican republic still being murdered
The rate of femicides has not let up in 2015, with six in January and two so far in February.
In February there was also an attempted murder of a woman who had reported her husband for domestic violence on 20 occasions. One of those killed was a young pregnant girl trying to protect her mother from her violent stepfather.
Women’s Prosecutor Roxanna Reyes said that 2014 ended with 88 women killed by their partners or former spouses, 17 more than 2013. During the same year there were 74,317 reports of domestic violence and sexual crimes.
Roxanna Reyes announced that in response to the need to improve the services provided to women and given that 25% of this type of crime was concentrated in Santo Domingo province, support would be extended and improved in this area.
The initiative to extend and improve services for women is supported by the United States Embassy in the country as well as the United Nations Population Fund. It will consist of an Assistance Unit for 200 people and training for people dealing with women suffering from domestic violence.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
February 17, 2015
Category: DR News |