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Meets SUS 2.5 times more abused women than men

Violence against women in Brazil caused public coffers in 2011, an expense of R $ 5.3 million in admissions.

 
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The numbers support the campaigns held throughout the country on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Violence against women in Brazil caused public coffers in 2011, an expense of $ 5.3 million admissions only. The figure was calculated by the Ministry of Health were 5496 women admitted to the Unified Health System (SUS), last year as a result of assaults.

Besides the hospitalized victims, 37 800 women, aged 20 to 59 years needed for SUS services have been victims of some type of violence. The number is nearly 2.5 times higher than that of men in the same age group who were treated for this reason, according to data from Information System for Notifiable Diseases (Sinan), the Ministry of Health

Sociologist Wânia Pasinato, a researcher at the Center for the Study of Violence at the University of São Paulo (USP), highlights that beyond the financial costs, there are huge social losses generated by violence against women. She cited studies that indicate, for example, that men who witnessed domestic violence during childhood tend to play with more frequency, characteristics of dominance and aggression in their relationships affectionate.

The damage to society are enormous, with losses in various spheres. Besides impacting the way the children of these relationships will provide their own relationships in the future, women victims of violence stop producing and how they might develop in the labor market, he said, adding that it is also common that incorporate violence victims and aggression in their relationships and forms of communication.

The executive director of Patrícia Galvão Institute, a nongovernmental organization that works on projects for the defense of women's rights, Jacira Vieira de Melo, said that the figures confirm that despite the Maria da Penha Law, created six years ago to be a reference national and known by most people, violence against women remains a serious societal problem. She argues that to address the issue you need to strengthen public policies and budgetary increase.

Opinion polls indicate that over 95% of the population has heard of the law, which provides for severe punishments for offenders. She has contributed to violence against women is increasingly seen as a violation of fundamental rights, such as crime, but statistics show that the issue remains a serious social problem, he said, noting that violence is the biggest cause of murders women in Brazil.

Data Map of Violence 2012 study by sociologist Julio Jacobo, updated in August this year, show that from 1980 to 2010, were murdered in the country almost 91,000 women, of whom only 43,500 in the last decade. From 1996 to 2010 the rates were stabilized around 4.5 homicides for every 100,000 women.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
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