Peru: Starting July, women at risk of femicide will receive protection

The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations approved a protocol to protect women in danger of femicide.

Starting July, women at risk of femicide will receive protection

By: Hillary Ojeda/Peru This Week

In November of 2013, the Peruvian Institute for Statistics and Information (INEI) reported that femicide had more than doubled since 2012. By July of 2014 last year, 56 femicides had been reported. The numbers have continued to increase and the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations is trying to fight it.

Starting in July, women at risk of femicide will be receiving protection for a 24 hour period, according to Andina news agency.

Today 10 ministers, and the Public Ministry and Judiciary approved the plan to improve the Protocol of Attention to women at risk of femicide.

The Minister of Women and Vulnerable Populations, Marcela Huaita, announced the measure during the presentation of the National Plan to Combat Violence Against Women 2015.

Huaita said that if a woman is identified at risk of being killed then she will be protected under this protocol. A woman is considered at risk if the partner uses weapons, consumes alcohol or drugs, has excessive jealousy, and isolates the woman or presents serious allegations.

According to Andina, the Emergency Centers for Women (CEM) have attended to more than 24,248 cases of domestic and sexual violence and has recorded 44 murders of women.

INEI reports that seven in 10 women have suffered from some form of violence by their husband or partner and 77% of the victims went to a police station to report.

According to the World Health Organization, 35% of femicides worldwide are committed by either current or former intimate partners of the victim.