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ARGENTINA | 11-08-2023 12:49

Reports of domestic violence jump 14% in first quarter

Supreme Court office tracking domestic violence received a daily average of 30 accusations in the first quarter of this year, totalling 2,761 and involving 4.043 people; Denunciations have risen 14% in the first quarter compared to the same period the preceding year.

The Supreme Court office handling domestic violence (OVD, in its Spanish acronym) received a daily average of 30 denunciations in the first quarter of this year, a 14 percent increase on the same period in 2022, reports the office.

In total there were 2,761 reports of domestic violence with 4,043 people involved since there are often multiple accusations.

In consequence civil courts ruled 8,433 urgent preventive measures, including restraining orders and the distribution of 843 panic buttons.

The main groups of victims affected were adult women (53 percent) and children and adolescents (38 percent), of whom 43 percent come from four of Buenos Aires City’s 15 communes (1, 4, 7 and 8).

Furthermore, four out of every 10 persons denounced the current or former partners of the victim, while 80 percent of the aggressors had a parental link (father or mother) in the cases involving children and adolescents.

The main types of violence registered were psychological (97 percent), symbolic (48 percent), physical (43 percent), environmental (30 percent), economic (28 percent),, social (13 percent) and sexual (eight percent)

The office’s medical service confirmed injuries in 561 persons, mainly women, with the levels of risk  evaluated by the interdisciplinary teams rated as very high and high (31 percent), medium and moderate (57 percent) and low (12 percent).

Almost all the cases were referred by the OVD to national civil courts (99.6 percent), the City’s criminal and misdemeanours courts (68 percent), City Hall’s Council for the Rights of Girls, Boys and Adolescents (41 percent) and national criminal courts (16 percent).

Get attention, support and counselling for situations of gender violence.

  • Freephone 24-hour helpline 144

  • Via WhatsApp 11-2771-6463.

  • Via email [email protected]

  • Download the ‘Línea 144’  app

 

-- TIMES/TELAM

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