Over 6,000 cases of domestic violence reported in Angola

Luanda – At least 6,097 domestic violence cases have been reported in the country, according to the Ministry of Social Action, Family and Women Promotion (Masfamu) in 2017.

The report points to 5,707 cases as having occurred in 2016, according to the National Director of Women’s Rights, Equality and Gender Equality of Masfamu, Sonia Doutel.

Sonia Doutel mentioned the family abandonment, as the most denounced type of violence, followed by psychological violence, stressing that women are the most reported (82.75%).

In view of the current reality, the official said, Angola will host the First National Conference on Gender-Based Violence between 28 and 29 November.

The event will be jointly sponsored by Masfamu and the Sagrada Esperanca Foundation, with the collaboration of Angola Women Network and the Women’s Journalists Forum for Gender Equality (FMJIG).

The meeting will discuss the issue and outline strategies to speed up the fight against this social phenomenon.

Angola passed the Law on Domestic Violence (Law 25/11) in 2011, an effective instrument to combat this social drama, which also allows a third person to report such a situation.

Source: Angola Press News Agency