The survey «Business Practices for the Prevention and Approach of Domestic Violence» is born from the collaboration of the Ministry of Women and Gender Equity together with the Co-Confederation of Production and Trade (CPC). It sought to identify the opportunities that companies have for the detection of domestic violence among their teams, as well as to care for and refer those who are victims of this crime.
The companies that participated in the study are those linked to the six guilds of the CPC, among them: the National Mining Society, the Fabril Development Society (Sofofa), the Chilean Chamber of Construction, among others. They are all key areas within the economy and where women participate, but where domestic violence is not considered a key issue to prevent and eradicate.
In fact, only 26% of the companies that make up the CPC have qualified personnel to promote the prevention of domestic violence and the detection and referral in case any worker is a victim of this crime.
«To the extent that there is also awareness in the workplace and we can reach out to them in time, we will be able to get many women out of this painful spiral,» said Ministry of Women and Gender Equity Mónica Zalaquett on the importance of companies taking action on domestic violence.
On the contrary, while the calls to 1455 – the guidance number of the Ministry of Women and Gender Equity – have increased since quarantine began, 84% of companies belonging to the CPC confirm that they do not disseminate external support channels, such as the guidance phono or women’s centres hosting victims of violence.
In addition, only 22% of the companies that participated in the survey have channels of guidance, support and / or denunciation and only 17% of the organizations generates dissemination of these media. In fact, only 15% of them have conducted workshops, talks or communication campaigns to raise awareness of domestic violence.
CPC President Juan Sutil said: «We are fully committed to this challenge that the ministry puts on us and we are already working on it and we hope to furtherify it at the national level. It’s a huge challenge that outperforms governments and has to move forward every day,» he emphasized.
This situation can be further monitored, as the Ministry of Women and Gender Equity noted that this is only a first diagnosis to which new surveys will be added. In addition, to incentivize protocols in this area, the agency is developing a public digital dossier with recommendations for companies.