Santo Domingo.- Violence against women is a stark reality in Dominican Republic, where 3 out 10 females have suffered its effects, said United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) resident coordinator Valerie Julliand on Tuesday.
Speaking to launch the Justice Ministry’s management model of care units for victims of gender, domestic and sexual violence the UN official also revealed that 80% of violence victims don’t seek institutional support. "Women die in their homes, in the place where they should normally be protected they die at the hands of their partners."
She called the statistics “bone chilling” showing that 90% of the sexual abuse cases investigated for comprehensive care units for victims of violence are against children and adolescents, actions in which adults are involved.
The study reveals that women or girls who’ve experienced some type of violence are more than twice as likely to become infected with HIV, and in Julliand’s view reflect the country’s reality. "The United Nations system has raised its concern over this grave issue several times and is committed to support, to seek the total elimination of this problem."