Panama Ranks High in Violence against Women
Panama Ranks High in Violence against Women

Q24N (PL) The increase in number of women homicides and denounciations of aggressions against women put Panama todayh among the 25 nations of the world with highest incidence of lethal violence on women and girls.

According to official data, until this date a total of seven violent deaths and over three thousand attacks against that population group, figures that in 2014 and 2015 result higher when counting between both years 53 and over 37 thousand, respectively.

Statistics also put the isthmus nation in the 19th place among the incidence indicators, only under El Salvador, Honduras and South Africa, stated the National Institute of Women.

“The feminicide is the most dramatic expression of violence against women, which must be fought in a comprehensive manner” recently recalled the institution in a communiqué.

According to the family attorneys of the General Attorney Ministry, 80 percent of the denounces are disestimated by petition of two attorneys due to the fact the victim desist of following the process for multiple factors. Among them, stand out the guilt sentiment for the aggressive reactions awakened toward her; she fears her partner, but she loves him, including defends and justifies him;

marriage failure or solitude, among other aspects, said consultant Rene Quevedo.

To this he adds the delay resulting in the judicial process and the accumulation of cases for lack of budget to speed up investigations.

Despite the gravity of the matter, most of the family prosecutors do not know if the victims that decide to withdraw their accusations again suffer a cycle of violence.

This judicial entity argues that the amount of case files, the lack of personnel and of a Budget prevents them from following-up these persons, although protective measures stand for six extendible months.

Even some attorneys go to other organizations looking for support

the victim in its process, such is the case of the National Women Institute or the Ombudsman, which attend and offer interdisciplinary advice.

While the denial to denounce the aggressor and the macho culture of our society that generates a violence pattern persist, it will be difficult to reduce the statistics, said the First Family Attorney, Cristobal Fundora.

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