Uruguay Confiscates 500 Policemen’s Guns over Gender Violence*

Uruguay Confiscates 500 Policemen’s Guns over Gender Violence*

There have been almost 22,000 formal complaints of domestic violence recorded by the interior ministry between January and September 2016.

Over 500 policemen have had their weapons confiscated following sentences over domestic violence against their wives or children, authorities said Thursday.

On that day, people mobilized after the recent murder of Valeria Sosa, shot in the head by her policeman husband who used his issued firearm, in front of her two underage children. He was sent to prison over homicide charges stemming from a day earlier.

The interior ministry opened an urgent investigation in order to find out why the officer still had his gun despite the complaint about domestic abuses pending against him since Nov. 2015.

The country’s supreme court found on Dec. 30 that about 1,200 cases of domestic violence — out of 12,000— had been mishandled by the courts, as judges failed to conduct hearings for the accused, issuing sentences over the phone.

There have been almost 22,000 formal complaints of domestic violence recorded by the interior ministry between January and September 2016.

According to the official estimate, almost 70% of women over 15 years old have experienced gender violence at some point in their lives, and almost half of them experienced gender violence from their partner or ex-partner.

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