Increases violence against women during quarantine in Oaxaca


At least two daily reports, have been received since the march 20 on the phone line available to attend to cases of domestic violence, reported the Municipal Institute of Women of Oaxaca. Due to the measures of social isolation and guard in house implemented by the federal government it was expected that the figures of violence increase.

The director general of the institute, Jaquelina Mariana Escamilla Villanueva, declared to Excélsior that the majority of cases reported and received are of mothers between the ages of 16 and 25 years who are economically dependent on their partner. He also reported that the telephone line provides psychological care and legal advice if you are communicating through a phone call or the instant messaging service WhatsApp.

Escamilla also stated that the amount of reports denouncing violence intrafamilar could increase due to “family tension” that increases the step of the days of quarantine, which has the objective to prevent the spread of the virus COVID-19.

The family tension can increase due to the daily interaction within a confined space: a trigger of violence. Involves the increase of the care of children and the elderly and domestic work, in addition to the effect on mental health that has the economic crisis due to the loss of jobs by the health crisis.

Since last 20 march it opened the telephone line 951 125 35 66 to attend to complaints of family violence in Oaxaca, informed the director.

“We know that in these moments of contingency many women and girls are in their homes living with potential perpetrators and it is very important that they have information that the Municipal Institute of Women provides 24-hour service and accompanies you on several processes, if it is required,” said Excélsior.

The environments of violence reported have been aggravated by the quarantine. However, Escamilla said not only young women have requested support in cases of emergency. The Instituto Municipal de Oaxaca de Juárez gives you the option of a tool with psychological support and legal over the phone, but there is also the possibility of physically going to the facilities.

The office of the institution is kept open for personalized attention on the street Manuel Ruiz number 111, in the colonia Reforma, Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca. The opening times are from 9:00 to 17:00 hours Monday to Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 hours. The office number is 514-23-65.

The government of Oaxaca reported over the past year, modifications were made to the Penal Code of the state “for increase the penalty against a person who commits the crime classified as family violence”. The reform to article 405 states that “whoever commits the crime of family violence shall be imposed of three to nine years in prison”. Previously the punishment was from one to six years.

If the violence is physical, worth it will be five to ten years in prison. The changes are part of provisions such as the International Convention to prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence Against Women.

In Mexico the number of cases of people infected by COVID-19 rose to 4,219 patients confirmed, reported the Secretariat of Health (SSa). The number of fatalities increased to 273.

José Luis Alomía, director general of Epidemiology, reported that there are 21,277 negative cases in the country, 9,983 suspected cases, a figure that has remained stable, and a total of 35,479 people studied. In a day increased by 375 positive cases and 40 deaths.

Undersecretary Lopez-Gatell said Thursday that, although there is not an exact date, “we next went to phase three” of the epidemic. Stated that in the following 15 days the country will come to a point where it was resolved that the transmission is sufficiently scattered to be considered phase three, in addition to that there will be some adjustments in various measures of disease control.

“Let’s not get ahead eve. When you come to these measures we will announce in due time and form”, he declared.

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