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Unveiling South America's Shadow: Confronting the Epidemic of Gender-based Violence


South America grapples with some of the highest rates of gender-based violence in the world. A study conducted by the UN Women's Office for South America has shed light on the alarming escalation of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, exposing the profound vulnerabilities faced by women and girls across the continent.


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The findings of the study paint a grim picture: domestic violence surged by 25% during the pandemic, with men emerging as the primary perpetrators of violence against women. Shockingly, the vast majority of victims were young women between the ages of 18 and 34, highlighting the urgent need for targeted interventions to address the root causes of this crisis.


South America Domestic Violence Resources
South America Domestic Violence Resources

The increase in domestic violence can be attributed to a myriad of interconnected factors, each exacerbating the other in a vicious cycle of oppression and despair. The stress and anxiety induced by the pandemic, compounded by social isolation and economic insecurity, have created a perfect storm for the escalation of violence within intimate relationships.


Women who have experienced violence are more likely to reside in households with lower incomes, exacerbating their vulnerability to economic instability and insecurity. Many have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, further exacerbating their financial precarity and heightening their risk of experiencing violence.


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Additionally, the UN Women's study found a strong correlation between experiences of violence and heightened levels of anxiety and depression among survivors, underscoring the profound toll that abuse takes on mental health and well-being.


As we confront the shadow of gender-based violence that looms large over South America, it is imperative that we take decisive action to address the root causes of this crisis. Investment in comprehensive support services, including counseling, legal advocacy, and economic empowerment programs, is essential to ensure that survivors have the resources and support they need to rebuild their lives.


Moreover, efforts to challenge harmful gender norms and promote gender equality must be prioritized, fostering a culture of respect and empowerment that empowers women and girls to assert their rights and agency. By amplifying survivors' voices, advocating for systemic change, and standing in solidarity with those affected by violence, we can create a future where every individual is free from the scourge of gender-based violence.


In the vast and diverse landscape of South America, let us strive to illuminate the path towards a brighter tomorrow, where love triumphs over violence, and every voice is heard and valued. For in unity and compassion lies our greatest strength, and in collective action lies our hope for a world free from the shackles of oppression and fear.


Argentina

Children (under 18)

Childhelpline


phone: 102

Women

Línea 144


phone: 144

Men

Línea 144


phone: 144

Older Adults (over 60)

Línea 144


phone: 144

Women & Children (under 18)

There Is A Way Out Civil Association


phone: +54 9 11 6897-7876


message on Facebook

Bolivia

Women

Brazil

Children (under 18)

TECA


phone: +55 21 2589 5656

Women

Men

Older Adults (over 60)

Chile

Women

Colombia

Children (under 18)

Linea 106


phone: 106

Women

123 Mujer Hotline


phone: 123

Men

Línea Salvavidas


phone: 3117668666

Older Adults (over 60)

Línea Salvavidas


phone: 3117668666

Ecuador

Everyone

Cepam Quito

phone: 098 63 62 526message on Facebook

Guyana

Women

Fundación Sobrevivientes


phone: (592) 227-3454

Paraguay

Women

Linea mujer

phone: 137

Peru

Children (under 18)

Fundación ANAR


phone: 0800 22210

Women

Men

Older Adults (over 60)

Suriname

Women

Trinidad and Tobago

Everyone

Families in Action


phone: (868) 628-2333


phone: 800 7283

Uruguay

Everyone

Venezuela

Women


How can I tell if someone is being abused?

Recognizing and responding to signs of abuse is crucial in providing support to those who may be in danger. Here’s a summary of the steps you can take to help someone you suspect is being abused:

  • Be observant: Pay attention to subtle signs such as isolation from friends and family, financial control, and reluctance to discuss their relationship.

  • Listen without judgment: Offer a supportive ear and avoid pressuring the victim to take action. Understand that leaving an abusive situation can be complex and dangerous.

  • Make an anonymous report: If you witness or suspect ongoing abuse, don’t hesitate to call the authorities. Your intervention could save a life.

  • Reach out to support services: Refer the victim to organizations equipped to handle cases of abuse. These services can provide guidance and assistance while respecting confidentiality.

  • Avoid contact with the abuser: Refrain from confronting the perpetrator directly. Leave intervention to trained professionals to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

  • Maintain confidentiality: Respect the privacy of the victim by keeping any disclosures or reports confidential. Avoid sharing details on social media, as it could compromise the victim’s safety.

By following these steps, you can offer vital support to those experiencing abuse while minimizing risks to yourself and the victim. Remember that your actions can make a difference in helping someone escape a dangerous situation.


Violence Prevention and Self Defense Techniques

The Center for Violence Prevention and Self Defense (CVPSD) is a non profit 501(C)(3) with a mission to stop violence by educating at-risk people and empower them with the skills needed to protect themselves by providing online and live training. 


Through workshops and seminars we educate participants about violence prevention and guide them on assessing risk factors while establishing boundaries in relationships. Additionally practical self defense classes equip people with hands on skills and effective strategies to prevent and intervene in cases of assault. CVPSD reaches individuals and communities through partnerships with schools and other nonprofits, community groups, as well as classes for the public.

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