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Law against violence against women amended to allow mediation

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 3 October 2013 | Click here for original article

This will mean that in cases of psychological or economic mistreatment, mediation can be considered if the victim agrees and the aggressor has no previous offences. Supreme Court president Alba Luz Ramos suggested that ‘women’s organisations should accompany women to prevent cases going to mediation’ and added ‘it is clearly written that the judge must tell the woman that mediation is voluntary.’ Government spokesperson Rosario Murillo announced that the government will increase personnel in the Ministry of the Family to work with Women’s Police Stations to increase their capacity to fight domestic violence.

The Nicaragua Women's Network against violence against women and Amnesty International criticised the amendment on the grounds that it 'could leave victims in an extremely vulnerable position.'