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Mexico Conference

It's more than four years ago now, but it's an interesting contrast to the  domestic abuse service development in the UK, so we've left this article on the website. In November 2006 the vida Director, Maureen Storey, went to the first Inter-American Summit of Women's Refuges in Mexico, where she was asked to speak about how services have developed and multi-agency working in Sheffield.

Because of our reputation, Maureen was asked to share experiences of successfully working with other agencies like the police, health, housing and safeguarding children services, as well as the other specialist domestic abuse services.

It was a great experience and a real insight into the difficulties faced by domestic abuse services in Latin America and how far we've come in the UK.

Mexico conference 2006

UK Mexico
At least 2 women are killed every week on average, in England and Wales alone, by their male partner or ex-partner. 20 women are killed every day, and another 20 commit suicide, as result of domestic and gender-based violence.
1 in 4 women (25%) have been physically assaulted by their partner or ex-partner at some time in their lives. Attitudes to domestic abuse and services for those affected have improved greatly in the past 10 years. Agencies are learning to work together, especially where children are involved. 7 in 10 (70%) Mexican women and girls will experience violence at some stage in their lives as a result of their gender. Family and church are the dominant institutions in Mexico, and the dominant culture of machismo means domestic abuse is not taken seriously.
Domestic abuse is seen as a state responsibility, with clearer sanctions for abusers. Most 'shelters' are run by women's organisations or the church. The police and legal officials can often be bribed.