Preventing Domestic Violence in Puerto Rico (2023)

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Title: Preventing Domestic Violence in Puerto Rico
País:Costa Rica
Reseña:This presentation deals with Puerto Rican Law 54, which was enacted on August 15 1989 in order toprovide real alternatives for the victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. The law was created inrecognition of the fact that: “domestic violence is one of the most serious and complex problemsconfronting our society and there is a need to address the issue of domestic violence, particularly in thecase of women and children who are abused, in order to preserve their physical and emotional integrity,secure their safety and save their lives.” Law 54 presents strategies for dealing with these problemsfrom a criminal and punitive point of view. The success of the law has, however, been limited due tothe magnitude of the problem, and the longstanding cultural, historical, judicial and religious obstaclesto effectively dealing with this issue. These include a tendency to minimize and trivialize concerns overdomestic violence; resistance to different components of the system in the conceptualization ofdomestic violence as a crime; attorneys’ negative attitude towards the law; and the fact that the systemgives women little credibility in these types of cases.There are also problems associated with the implementation of this law. The author argues that there isa lack of tools and support services for victims of domestic violence and that some officials mistakenlyadopt conciliatory positions while others choose not to provide adequate interpretations of the law’sstatutes. An additional problem is judges’ failure to consider the possibility of a history of domesticviolence in the cases that they hear.In response to these challenges, the advisory Committee on Gender and Equality has maderecommendations for improving the judicial system and ensuring that the law is applied withoutdiscrimination and that it will effectively combat violence against women. Some of the responsesobserved include an effort to intensify education and sensitivity about the cycle of domestic violence, amove to develop tools for guiding victims, the development of uniform internal norms for judicialprocedures and support resources, a study of the viability of special courtrooms, and the developmentof shelters and victims’ aid programs for retraining and reeducating aggressors.The presentation offers statistical information and makes reference to data bases on domestic violencecases and restraining orders issued in Puerto Rico between 1991 and 2003. Finally, it presentsrecommendations regarding responses to the above-mentioned problems, including the creation of aNational Commission on the Eradication of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking and DateRape.

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What are the 3 R's on stopping domestic violence? ›

As a military commander, I implore you to act on the three Rs of domestic violence awareness: recognize, respond and refer. Recognize the warning signs of domestic violence.

What is Puerto Rico Law 54? ›

This presentation deals with Puerto Rican Law 54, which was enacted on August 15 1989 in order toprovide real alternatives for the victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

What are strategies to prevent intimate partner violence? ›

Prevention efforts should ultimately reduce the occurrence of IPV by promoting healthy, respectful, nonviolent relationships. Healthy relationships can be promoted by addressing risk and protective factors at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels.

How can we promote domestic violence awareness? ›

Educate Yourself

Read articles, watch documentaries, attend events and connect with domestic and sexual violence resource organizations. By knowing more, you will be empowered to help yourself and others.

What are four strategies for preventing abuse? ›

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Enhanced primary care.
  • Behavioral parent training programs.
  • Treatment to lessen harms of abuse and neglect exposure.
  • Treatment to prevent problem behavior and later involvement in violence.

What are the four stages of the cycle of violence? ›

The cycle of abuse is a four-stage cycle used to describe the way abuse sometimes occurs in relationships. The stages—tension, incident, reconciliation, and calm—repeat themselves over and over again if the abuse follows this pattern.

What is Puerto Rico's 80 law? ›

80-1976 – Puerto Rico Unjustified Dismissal Act. The statute of limitations for unjust dismissal claims has also been raised to three years. Initial severance calculation in cases of unjustified dismissal is now set to three months or six months depending on the employee's years of service.

What is Puerto Rico's 75 law? ›

The Puerto Rico Dealers Act, commonly known as Law 75, regulates distribution contracts in Puerto Rico. In essence, the law precludes the principal from terminating, refusing to renew at its normal expiration or undermining contractual rights of the distributor without just cause.

What is the Jones law in Puerto Rico? ›

President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act (1917) on March 2, 1917, giving Puerto Ricans U.S. statutory citizenship. This act also separated Puerto Rico's government into Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches, and endowed Puerto Ricans with a bill of rights.

What are 3 ways to prevent abuse? ›

Ten Things You Can Do to Prevent Child Abuse
  1. Volunteer your time. Get involved with other parents in your community. ...
  2. Discipline your children thoughtfully. ...
  3. Examine your behavior. ...
  4. Educate yourself and others. ...
  5. Teach children their rights. ...
  6. Support prevention programs. ...
  7. Know what child abuse is. ...
  8. Know the signs.

What is an example of primary prevention domestic violence? ›

Examples of primary prevention include ensuring availability of healthy, affordable food in communities to help reduce frequency of chronic disease and developing and man- dating child safety restraints in vehicles to prevent injury and death to young children.

What is primary prevention for violence? ›

Primary prevention takes place BEFORE violence initially occurs. It involves programs and strategies designed to reduce the factors that put people at risk for experiencing violence. Or, they encourage the factors that protect or buffer people from violence.

What are the four factors that contribute to domestic violence? ›

A combination of individual, relational, community, and societal factors contribute to the risk of becoming a perpetrator of IPV. Understanding these multilevel factors can help identify various opportunities for prevention.

What is the color for domestic violence awareness? ›

Following this, in 1983, Congress designated October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the color purple has since been associated with the fight to end domestic violence.

What are the six prevention strategies? ›

strategies are 1) Information Dissemination, 2) Education, 3) Alternative, 4) Problem Identification and Referral, 5) Community-Based Process, and 6) Environmental.

What are the 5 indicators of abuse? ›

Common signs
  • unexplained changes in behaviour or personality.
  • becoming withdrawn.
  • seeming anxious.
  • becoming uncharacteristically aggressive.
  • lacks social skills and has few friends, if any.
  • poor bond or relationship with a parent.
  • knowledge of adult issues inappropriate for their age.
  • running away or going missing.

What are the basic prevention strategies? ›

What are the Basic Prevention Strategies?
  • Information Dissemination. ...
  • Prevention Education. ...
  • Alternatives. ...
  • Problem Identification and Referral. ...
  • Community-Based Process. ...
  • Environmental Approach.

What are the 3 R's of safety? ›

The Three Rs of Safety
  • Recognize: Is it safe? Does it break a rule?
  • Report: Always tell if someone breaks a safety rule.
  • Refuse: You can say no to any unsafe situation or touch you don't want.

What are the 3 R's in order? ›

The 3R Initiative aims to promote the "3Rs" (reduce, reuse and recycle) globally so as to build a sound-material-cycle society through the effective use of resources and materials.

What do 3 R's stand for why must they be followed? ›

One of the ways to put that plan into action is through the 3 Rs of waste management — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Reduce means to cut back on the amount of trash we generate.

What is the 3 step safety model? ›

Successful health and safety management ( PDF ) identifies a three-stage plan you need to go through to manage risks – identifying hazards, assessing the risks and controlling the risks.

What are three 3 E's of safety stands for? ›

The three important E's of road safety are Education, Engineering and Enforcement.

What do they burn off at the landfill? ›

Trash typically burned can include paper, cardboard, food scraps, plastics, and yard trimmings-essentially any materials that would otherwise be recycled or sent to a landfill. Burning usually occurs in a burn barrel, homemade burn box, wood stove, outdoor boiler, or open pit.

What is the slogan for three Rs? ›

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What is not a sustainable practice? ›

Unsustainable development occurs when present progress is at the expense of future generations. For example, irresponsible planning and environmental degradation through exploitation of resources generates waste and pollution that damages ecosystems. Such practices are not sustainable in the long term.

What reduces risk of abuse? ›

Some of the most common prevention interventions include:
  • supporting adults to safeguard themselves;
  • training and education for staff and volunteers;
  • awareness-raising;
  • providing information and advice;
  • advocacy;
  • policies and procedures;
  • community links;
  • legislation and regulation.

What are the 4 main areas of abuse? ›

There are four main categories of child abuse: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Find out more about each below, as well as the warning signs that a child may be being abused.


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