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Nearly Half of Mexican Women Are Victims of Gender Violence, Most Don't Report Abuse

Tania L. Montalvo - Animal Politico
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October 26, 2014

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Almost half of Mexican women over the age of 15 - 46.1% - have been victims of violence at the hands of their partners, according to official figures. The main reason that they are not reported is because they consider that it is not significant, according to information by the World Bank.

In Mexico:

  • 29% of female victims of violence do not file reports because they believe that being victims is something insignificant, that it not worth calling attention to;
  • 18% don't report out of worry that their children will suffer;
  • 14% out of shame and
  • 14% out of fear of reprisals by their partner.
  • [Thus, a total of 75% of abused women do not report abuse]

According to the World Bank, only 8% of Mexican women victims of violence who participated in the study published this year were unaware that they could press charges, but the vast majority chose not to file a report.

In the document "Empowering Women and Girls to Promote Shared Prosperity" the World Bank calls out for countries to work to promote actions so that women do not see relationship violence as something that is routine.

The organization insists that stopping gender-based violence will allow for advances in equality between men and women, which is intrinsically linked with economic development.

Read the rest at Mexico Voices

Translated by Tristan Foy

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