The other pandemic

Collection with 10 media items created by mahelipe

Mexico 15 Dec 2020 12:24

Rising levels of stress, economic, food insecurity and isolation due to Covid-19, have dramatically increased levels of domestic violence in Mexico and require immediate action to protect women and children at risk. Calls to shelters, reporting violence have increased by 60 to 80% and asylum requests in these spaces have increased by 30%, according to the Red Nacional de Refugios. However, the level of domestic violence remains today underestimated by the government, which considers the facts as non-priority in the current situation. The context is such that, since the start of the confinement, the government of President AMLO has removed numerous subsidies intended for associations fighting against gender violence. Thus, many organizations and associations have had no other choice than to act on their own to respond to this health crisis and support women at risk. Social workers, activists, lawyers and psychologists ... are numerous to have mobilized to face this emergency situation. 

In addition, government campaigns to prevent domestic violence have been very limited since the onset of the crisis and what little has been achieved has been widely criticized by feminist activists campaigning against violence against women. 

 

The issue of information dissemination is also an issue that activists faced very quickly when lockdown began in Mexico in March 2020. I therefore wanted to produce a report illustrating the increase in domestic violence due to COVID-19, highlighting the solutions and possibilities available to victims. The aim is to give visibility to facts that the government refuses to consider, while highlighting the hard work of many social workers in the midst of a health crisis. 

By following the daily shelter for battered women, the psychological help for women victims of violence and aggressive men as well as the intervention of the gender police, this report offers a look at the second pandemic that affected Mexico: violence against women.

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APIS
Ciudad De Mexico, Ciudad De Mexico
By mahelipe
22 Apr 2020

APIS Centre Foundation for Equity, receive women at risk and victims of domestic violence. This center of external attention receive women at risk and victims of domestic violence. There a psychological and legal assistance is then provided to them. Amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the team of the center has to readapt their assistance and started to attends by video calls the patient who accuses her partner of domestic abuse. In the same times APIS focused his work on receives donated to redistribute them to women beneficiaries. The center is open twice a week to provide a protective space for women beneficiaries. Since the start of the lockdown, the government of President AMLO has removed many subsidies intended for associations fighting against gender violence. It's the reason why the socials workers of this center have worked hand in hand and relentlessly to tirelessly to find solutions for women in need.

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REFUGIO VIDA
ciudad de mexico
By mahelipe
08 Jun 2020

When the situation becomes too risky for abused women, there is a final escape route: shelters for battered women. Following augmentation of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic many women have had to take refuge in them. The Fortaleza Comprehensive care center for women I.A.P is one of them.
In this confidential refuge, each woman has access to emotional and practical support, workshops, reintegration plan, training, psychological and medical support ...
In a spirit of mutual aid in the face of mistreatment, social workers and beneficiaries are linked to share their experiences and thus be able to move forward.

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REFUGIO EDITH
Ciudad De Mexico, Ciudad De Mexico
By mahelipe
08 Jun 2020

Edith is one of the beneficiaries of the Fortaleza shelter. She entered the shelter early in the pandemic, following her husband's attempted murder. Although traumatized, she remains positive about rebuilding her future life when she comes out of the shelter. Recently arrived in the shelter, she shares her room with these two children in the hope of being able to offer them a life far from violence.

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CASA EDITH
Mexico City
By mahelipe
03 Nov 2020

After a 5-month stay in the Fortaleza shelter Edith was able to leave it in November 2020. Social workers at the shelter helped find new accommodation on the outskirts of Mexico City for her and her two children. So it is in a small 20m2 studio that she is now trying to build a new life for herself. Bitchy during her stay at the Edith refuge was able to train to claim a new job, but in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis, job offers are very rare. Moreover, the government having established the school by Internet for all the children of the country because of the epidemic, it is difficult if not impossible for Edith to have these children looked after during her working time which does not facilitate her search for jobs.

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APIS DONATION
Ciudad De Mexico, Ciudad De Mexico
By mahelipe
05 May 2020

APIS Centre Foundation for Equity, receives donated clothes and food for women at risk and victims of domestic violence, amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Bag of donations collected by the APIS Center for women at risk. COVID-19 kit, and foods are distributed for free every week in the popular Michoacana district of Mexico City.

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PSY LUNA
Mexico City
By mahelipe
03 Jun 2020

Consultation office of one of the outpatient centers of the Mexico City Women's Institute, LUNA. In the district of Parque, despite the epidemic, the center remains open 5 days a week. Since the start of the pandemic, calls to shelters reporting violence have increased by 60 to 80%. The center continues to provide psychological consultations while respecting health security measures.

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HOMBRES POR LA EQUIDAD
Mexico City
By mahelipe
09 Dec 2020

Meeting of the association "Hombres por la equidad". This association, made up of ten members, has taken it upon itself since the start of the confinement to provide a free support group for violent men. Twice a week the men meet by video conference to talk about their excess of aggressiveness, accompanied by a psychologist, they learn to channel their anger in order to avoid domestic violence.

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C4
Naucalpan
By mahelipe
28 May 2020

Control and emergency emergency call center in the city of Naucalpan, named C4. On average the C4 receives more than 800 calls per day. Since the start of the pandemic, calls for help for domestic violence have increased by more than 30% in just one month.

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POLICIA DE GENERO
Naucalpan, Estado De Mexico
By mahelipe
01 Jun 2020

To respond to gender violence in cities classified as red alert for violence against women, the gender police was created in March 2016, composed of psychologists, lawyers and social workers, this a special unit is formed to respond situations of gender and family violence. Since the start of the Corona virus pandemic, domestic violence has increased considerably. In the city of Naucalpan, listed in the Red Alert on gender violence, the gender police specializing in violence against women intervene with the support of the C4.

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CHILDREN
Mexico City
By mahelipe
01 Jul 2020

The Fortaleza shelter is a temporary protective space for women and their children who are forced to flee their homes due to domestic violence. Each user of the refuge is held for 3 months without the possibility of leaving the center for their protection. Since the beginning of the pandemic calls to shelters reporting violence have increased by 60 to 80% and asylum requests in these spaces have increased by 30%, according to the Red Nacional de los Refugios.