300 OCCURENCES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WAS RECORDED BETWEEN JANUARY AND JUNE IN MADEIRA

300 OCCURENCES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WAS RECORDED BETWEEN JANUARY AND JUNE IN MADEIRA

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In the first six months of 2018, 406 cases of domestic violence were filed in the courts of Madeira, of which 300 were closed, the district court judge of the autonomous region, Paulo Barreto, said today in the regional parliament.
“The crime of domestic violence is a public crime, it does not depend on a complaint, but there is a right to silence and this means that the victim, usually the woman, in judgment has the right not to make statements,” he explained.
Paulo Barreto was heard today in the Eventual Commission on the Prevention of Domestic Violence, which also heard the president of the regional council of the Bar Association, Brício Araújo.
The mayor of Madeira has indicated that since September 2014, 41 counts of domestic violence have been registered in Funchal (including the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos, Santana, São Vicente), 97 accusations in Santa Cruz (including Machico), 41 in Ponta do Sol (includes Calheta and Ribeira Brava) and 14 in Porto Santo.
Paulo Barreto underlined that Madeira and the Azores “lead the ranking of domestic violence” at the level of court cases.
The official explained that the judicial strategy has been to “listen to people [victims] immediately”, which has two advantages: the report is more precise and, afterwards, it is not necessary to subject them to lending new statements in judgment.
“Another strategy is to immediately remove the aggressor,” he said, adding, however, that domestic violence often “passes by the courts” because it is “masked” by the abuser’s compulsory detention because of alcoholism.
Paulo Barreto emphasized that this procedure is culturally accepted, considering the difficulty of sending children to jail, for example, even when the victim of violence is the mother.

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