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Revista de salud publica del Paraguay

On-line version ISSN 2307-3349

Abstract

RAMOS, P et al. Characteristics of cases of violence against women from Asunción and Gran Asunción, Paraguay (2008-2012). Rev. salud publica Parag. [online]. 2017, vol.7, n.2, pp.20-25. ISSN 2307-3349.  https://doi.org/10.18004/rspp.2017.diciembre.20-25.

Violence against women constitutes in “any genderbased act of violence that results in physical, sexual or psychological harm” resulting in the violation of human rights and public health. The objective was to describe the characteristics of cases of violence against women from Asunción and Gran Asunción, registered in the Museum of Justice, from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2012. 1,722 files sent to the Museum of Justice were analyzed from Asuncion and Gran Asunción’s peace courts. The average age of the victims was between 35 ± 11.5 years (range 15-87); perpetrators 37 ± 10.6 years (range 14 to 87). Both the victims and the perpetrators were of Asunción, married, primary studies. The victims were housewives (55.1%, 949) and the dependent aggressors (44.9%, 773). 56.1% (966) had children and of these, 39.7% (683) suffered some form of aggression. 63.4% (1,092) received more than one type of violence, being the psychic the most frequent one (25%, 430). 50.3% (867) received assaults with a frequency of 15 times in the last year, 50.2% (864) made previous complaints. Other factors were alcohol 24.9% (428) and cultural factors such as jealousy, male chauvinism, etc. Statistically significant differences were found with the profession and violence. Violence against women is a serious problem that must be visualized for its prevention.

Keywords : Violence against women; violence; woman; Asuncion; Gran Asunción.

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