Argentina: Information on changes in protection and assistance given to victims of domestic violence since the enactment of law 24417, on the Centro Municipal de la Mujer established in Buenos Aires on 8 March 1996, and on any positive developments in spousal abuse protection
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 December 1997|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ARG28337.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Argentina: Information on changes in protection and assistance given to victims of domestic violence since the enactment of law 24417, on the Centro Municipal de la Mujer established in Buenos Aires on 8 March 1996, and on any positive developments in spousal abuse protection, 1 December 1997, ARG28337.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac0b4.html [accessed 11 March 2014]|
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Information on changes in protection and assistance given to victims of domestic violence since the enactment of law 24417 could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate within time constraints.
The Centro Municipal de la Mujer established on 8 March 1996 is located in the northern Buenos Aires district of Vicente Lopez; the street address given for the centre is Cordoba 2485 (Boletin Oct. 1996, 12). Soon after its establishment, the centre implemented a "Global service for the assistance and prevention of violence against women," formed by a team offering the services mentioned in Response to Information Request ARG26125.E of 19 February 1997 (ibid.). On 30 July 1996 the centre organized the first interdisciplinary sessions on family violence of the North Zone, gathering more than 250 persons from various districts (ibid.). The event's purpose was to establish a network against domestic violence involving government and non-government institutions in assistance to victims (ibid.).
Please find attached a copy of a 1993 list of Argentine women's organizations, some of which, among others, the Research Directorate attempted to contact within the time constraints of this Response. In addition to this attachment, the June 1994 issue of the Spanish-language Hoja de Datos describing assistance centres in Latin America refers to five Argentine institutions:
-Programa de Prevencion de la Violencia Domestica (Program for the Prevention of Domestic Violence), started in 1984 by Lugar de Mujer (Woman's Place), a non-government organization. The main activities of the group have been the establishment of self-help groups in marginal neighbourhoods, free psychological and legal advice, follow-up of cases, organization of local networks and information exchanges, two annual training courses for self-help group promoters, managing documentation and data from the programs' participants, and developing theoretical work on the subject.
-Fundacion Servicio de Asistencia a Victimas de Agresion Sexual, SAVIAS (Foundation of Assistance Service to the Victims of Sexual Aggression), a non-government organization for legal and psychological assistance, whose main activities include training and advice for professionals in the fields of psychology, education, law, social work and medicine, as well as dissemination of information and research.
-Casa de la Mujer (Woman's House), opened in 1986 in the city of Cordoba by the Juana Manso women's association, a non-government organization. Its main activities include self-help groups, specialized attention, dissemination of information, training and exchanges with other groups and organizations.
-Centro de Asistencia a la Mujer Maltratada, CAIMM (Centre for Assisting Abused Women), a non-government organization founded in Cordoba in 1989. Its main activities include social and legal assistance, family counselling for the abusive male and children, dissemination of information and raising awareness, and training of judicial officers.
-Servicio de Prevencion y Tratamiento de la Violencia Contra la Mujer, SEVIM (Service for the Prevention and Treatment of Violence Against Women), initiated in 1987 by the Instituto de Estudios Juridico-Sociales de la Mujer (INDESO-Mujer), a non-government organization. Its main activities include legal, psychological and gynaecological assistance, follow-up of cases, research and studies, dissemination of information through workshops, campaigns and the media, as well as training and education.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Boletin Red Contra La Violencia [Santiago]. October 1996. No. 13. "Argentina: Intensa Actividad en Vicente Lopez." Santiago: Isis Internacional.
Hoja de Datos [Santiago]. June 1994. No. 3. "Argentina." Santiago: Isis Internacional."
Encyclopedia of Women's Associations Worldwide. 1993. Edited by Jacqueline K. Barrett. London: Gale Research International Ltd., pp. 113-15.
Additional Sources Consulted
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports.
Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. Monthly.
Latin American Regional Reports: Southern Cone Report [London]. Monthly.
Material from the Indexed Media Review (IMR) or country files containing articles and reports from diverse sources (primarily dailies and periodicals) from the Weekly Media Review.
Newspapers and periodicals pertaining to the appropriate region.
Electronic sources: IRB Databases, Global NewsBank, NEXIS, Internet, REFWORLD (UNHCR Database), World News Connection (WNC).
This list is not exhaustive. Country- and subject-specific books available in the Resource Centre are not included.