Femicide Volume 13

Violence with femicide risk: Its effects on women and their children


In this article, Wilson Hernandez, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, analyzes how "violence with femicide risk" (VFR) affects the physical and mental wellbeing of women and their children in Peru. Notably, Hernandez attempts to fill methodological gaps in prior literature and identifies several direct effects of VFR on both women and children, such as an increased likelihood of substance abuse issues among women and fevers among children. Hernandez also discusses safety planning strategies to help protect women and children from VFR. This article is only accessible with journal subscription.

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Wilson Hernandez
In Peru, violence against women is still assumed to be a normal phenomenon by a large part of the male population. Although 85% of men surveyed think that those who batter their female partner are mentally ill, almost half state that they would hit their partner, given a reason (46%), if she were guilty of something (34%), or if they were to lose control (57%; Vara-Horna, López, & Odar, 2017). This justification of the use of violence against Peruvian women has also been found to predict their femicide (Hernández, Raguz, Morales, & Burga, 2017).




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