Morelia, Michoacán. – After the Pandemic of the Covid-19, the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in Femicide recorded a 35 per cent increase in crimes against women; the Michoacán State Women’s Institute said rape complaints increased from three to five daily and the Secretariat for Substantive Equality and Development of Women reported an increase in the number of women served for gender-based violence from 60 to 85 during isolation time and a 60 per cent increase in the number of women channeled to a shelter , the services of the Fixed Service Centres, PAIMEF, were reactivated this week.
According to the owner of the Seimujer, Nuria Gabriela Hernández Abarca, these spaces offer psychological and social work advice to women, their daughters and sons who come to apply for this type of support, in addition to complying with all hygiene and prevention measures to contain contagions by COVID-19.
«In the face of the health emergency by COVID-19, the demand for the services offered by the dependency increased, so it was important to reactivate these spaces, where professional staff caters to women who may be experiencing a situation of violence,» she said.
The civil servant said that, in the coming days, the Mobile Unit will also start operations, which will bring care services closer to municipalities with the highest rates of violence against women and girls.
Within the State, in the municipalities of Morelia, Lázaro Cárdenas, Puruándiro, Tlalpujahua, Zitácuaro, Pátzcuaro, Tacámbaro, Zamora, La Piedad, Ciudad Hidalgo and Morelia, the Fixed Centers of Attention are operated with resources of the federation through the National Institute of Social Development (Indesol).