Coordinator for Women and the Center for Promotion of Women, Gregoria Apaza
Using a pre-designed questionnaire, information was collected from 67 institutions working in the area of gender-based violence in Bolivia. Of these, 76.1% are government agencies and the rest are NGOs. Responses were provided by institutions in La Paz (9%), Oruro (13.4%), Potosí (16.4%), Pando Cobija (9%), Sucre (7.5%), Santa Cruz (7.5%), Trinidad Beni (13.4%), Cochabamba (13.4%) and Tarija (10.4%). Percentages indicated do not necessarily reflect the presence of more institutions in any particular region.
Occurrence and Prevalence
Data provided by Servicios Legales Integrales from November 1994 to July 1997 indicate that a total of 25,875 cases were submitted in the nine departments of the country. The largest number was reported in the eastern department of San Cruz (40.8%).
Data can be broken down as follows:
The legal framework of the Bolivian State includes the following laws specifically addressing gender-based violence:
The following mechanisms for political action exist to address violence against women:
The National Plan contemplates the operationalization of two services: Basic Legal Services (Servicios Legales Integrales) and Family Protection Brigades (Brigadas de Protección a la Familia). There were thirty-seven Basic Legal Services units and seven brigades as of July 1997.
Response by Civil Society
The report represents information gathered from 14 NGOs in the nine departments of Bolivia: La Paz (3), Oruro (1), Potosí (1), Sucre (1), Santa Cruz (2), Cochabamba (4), Tarija (1).
State services to address and attend violence against women are provided at two operational levels--Basic Legal Services and the Family Protection Brigades--in capital cities, mid-sized cities and rural areas.
Of the 14 NGOs that submitted information for this report, 92.8% provide legal counseling and 78.5% psychological counseling. In 71.3% of the cases, legal services include social counseling and 7.1% of the organizations offer medical-legal services.