Ecuador: Information on the protection or facilities available to women who are victims of domestic violence (follow-up to ECU3157)
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 July 1993|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ECU14611|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ecuador: Information on the protection or facilities available to women who are victims of domestic violence (follow-up to ECU3157), 1 July 1993, ECU14611, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abc977.html [accessed 23 August 2014]|
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In addition to the information provided in previous Responses to Information Requests, including ECU14615 of 25 June 1993, the coordinator of the non-government Centro Ecuatoriano de Promoción y Asistencia a la Mujer (CEPAM) in Quito, which runs a shelter (Casa de Refugio) for abused women in the capital, provided the information that follows (7 July 1993). The CEPAM shelter was established three years ago with the assistance of the Ministry of Welfare (Ministerio de Bienestar Social), which owns the house that is used for the shelter (Ibid.). CEPAM provides shelter for up to 3 months, with a professional staff that offers women psychological and legal support. Therapy is also offered to couples, in an attempt to reconcile the partners and end the abuse (Ibid.). According to the source, there is no legislation penalizing domestic violence in Ecuador. CEPAM is currently advocating the introduction of such legislation, is campaigning for increased awareness of the problem, and is also lobbying the capital's municipal government for a grant that would allow the organization to establish its own facilities (Ibid.). CEPAM is forwarding the DIRB a package of information on the organization and its activities, with information on the situation of abused women in Ecuador, which will be forwarded to you immediately upon receipt.
Additional and/or corroborating information on the requested subject, including shelter or assistance available to abused women outside Quito, could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB.
Centro Ecuatoriano de Promoción y Asistencia a la Mujer (CEPAM), Quito. 7 July 1993. Telephone Interview with Shelter Coordinator.