According to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), in Peru, 63 out of 100 women – between 15 and 49 years old – have been a victim of violence at some point in their life (data from 2019). Furthermore, it is not uncommon for us to see various cases of violence against women exposed in the media almost daily.
Added to this situation was the health emergency caused by Covid-19, which turned the home into an unsafe space for many women in the country due to the confinement that prevented them from requesting timely help to face the cases of violence of which they were victims.
For this reason, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) offers seven warning signs to identify if you are experiencing a situation of abuse.
- The partner yells, insults or hurts you, even in front of other people.
- It controls you and does not let you leave the house.
- Use your money and make important expenses without consulting you.
- It does not let you have friends or talk to your relatives.
- He doesn’t want you to study or work.
- It hits you violently.
- It forces you to have sex.
Within the framework of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women that is commemorated this November 25, Minsa recommends going to the nearest health facility in case of experiencing some of these situations or calling the toll-free lines 113 of the Ministry of Health, option 5, and 100 of the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (Mimp). In June, the MIMP reported that from January to May of this year the number of women treated for cases of violence tripled.