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Coronavirus affects the administration of justice in cases of femicides


The deaths from covid-19 have not displaced the victims of femicide, which in 2019 advanced at an average of 11 per day, said Ana Yeli Pérez Garrido, legal advisor of the National Citizen Observatory of Femicide (OCNF).

“The deficiencies already existed, the lack of attention and adequate investigations with due diligence, with a gender perspective, they were already a necessity, and well now, in reality, I don’t see that there is a difference in that.

There are fewer staff to inquire

“What I have observed is that they are exacerbated because there are fewer personnel, because as there are public servants who are at risk due to the covid pandemic, they cannot attend their work centers because they are a population at risk and that impacts in the results, in the advances in the matter of administration of justice ”.

For this reason, the lawyer considered that the delay in justice is the first direct effect of the coronavirus pandemic in the follow-up of feminicide cases.

Other impacts have to do with the issue of resources that are being cut and that this will be reflected in next year’s budgets, including in the area of ​​attention to justice.

“Surely the following year we will see important effects in the day to day of what public service implies, from, let’s say, the issue of travel expenses to do research or paper to print … in itself in the procurement of Justice has not been invested or many times few resources are allocated … we can see in a general way that the resources that are invited in these areas are not enough, they cannot attend or respond to the seriousness of the problems and I am talking about the more complex crimes and the illicit ones that have the greatest effect not only on people, but also on the community ”.

Psychosocial effects

Regarding the psychosocial effects of the collateral victims of the femicide, he also warned that they are worsening.

“At this time, the mothers of the victims, the families, have been more isolated, more absorbed in their pain and it seems to me that this is also an effect of femicidal violence that is exacerbated in this context of a pandemic.

“The support networks that are built between them are healing and make walking lighter; Now, facing their grieving processes or having to face the processes that had been suspended because they were in search of justice also generates these psycho-emotional impacts, which are not attended, because it is not that there are specialized or sufficient services to attend all the victims of the country ”, he considered.

Where he does see a coincidence between femicides and covid-19 is in the unfinished duels. “The people who have died from covid, their families have also had a frustrated mourning and more in this country we have to make a festival of death and memory.

And precisely this exercise of memory is something that he considers that the mothers and relatives of victims of feminicide will not let go, even with health restrictions.

“On the issue of organizational processes for women and to remember and give memory to their daughters, I believe that they will also have to respond to this reality, to organize themselves, to take the necessary measures, but I do not believe that it is an impediment to the creativity”.