Figures of violence against women

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The Special Secretariat of Policies towards Women (SPM) and the Avon Institute/IBOPE have carried out a survey named “Perceptions on Domestic Violence against Women in Brazil”. The study was done throughout the country from February 13 to 17, 2009 in the capitals and cities with more than 20 thousand inhabitants. It is a broad quantitative survey about the perceptions and reactions of the society on violence against women.

Most of the interviewees (51%) are for the imprisonment of the aggressor; but 11% of them are for the participation of the aggressor in reeducation groups as a juridical measure. Another relevant datum is that 24% of them said that the lack of economical conditions due to the absence of a partner is the main reason to make women keep living with their aggressor.  23% of them have mentioned their concern about raising their children, and the third reason calls the attention for its seriousness: 17% of them believe that women do not abandon their aggressor because they are afraid of being killed if they break up the relationship.

This reality can be found in the daily routine of several students from the Thousand Women Program. The most frequent issues in the personal accounts of students who participated in the meeting in Brasília on April 14 and 15, are their husbands’ resistance and reports of domestic violence. In Tocantins, for instance, one of the students was assaulted by her partner because he did not want her to attend the course. A similar case happened in São Luis and Manaus too.  The students from Paraíba also faced some resistance from their partners.

In order to face that situation, the Federal Institutes have included disciplines on women’s rights and health in the educational plan of the vocational courses.

Men united to end violence against women

The www.homenspelofimdaviolencia.com.br site is part of the “Men united to end violence against women” national campaign, which was launched by the Special Secretariat of Policies towards Women (SPM). The site is an electronic tool to collect signatures. The initiative is a response of the Brazilian State to the UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, who launched the world campaign “Unite to End Violence Against Women” last February, aiming the mobilization of national leaders to end violence against women.

When joining the campaign through the collection of signatures, men publically commit themselves to contribute to the full implementation of the Maria da Penha Law (11.340/06), and to the effectiveness of public policies seeking the end of violence against women. The signatures will be incorporated into the world action.

Access the survey.

Participate in the campaign.

Stela Rosa - Journalist of the Thousand Women Program with information from the SPM.