Women and dogs are the only animals that earn their keep with caresses.
“I made my mind up when he started beating our son.”
He didn’t want me to leave the house for anything, suspected me of all kinds of things, and when he had beaten me he used to lock me in the house so no-one would see my injuries.
He didn’t drink and he didn’t take drugs. He was just crazy. He threatened to beat me to death if I reported him to police.
It was when he started beating our son that I made my mind up. I was four months pregnant with my second son. I took the boy and managed to get out of the house, and went to the police. They sent me here, to Abrigo Rainha Silvia LÄNK till förändrare. I got a protection order against him, and he wasn’t allowed to know where I was. I know that he’s been summoned to the police for questioning but hasn’t turned up.
I was very frightened of him at the time, but I’m not now. He’s got no right to the boys and I don’t want to have any contact with him.
My dream is to start studying again, to finish high school so I can get a better job and support my sons.
I lived here at the home for mothers for a year. Now I’ve moved out and live in my own flat. I’ve got a temporary job and the older boy goes to nursery school here at Abrigo Rainha Silvia LÄNK till förändrare. My dream is to start studying again, to finish high school so I can get a better job and support my sons.
I had a good childhood. I’d never experienced violence until I met the children’s father. I think that’s why I was able to pick myself up and leave before it was too late.
Maternal deaths: 58 deaths per l00,000 births
Number of children/woman: 2.18
Abortion legislation: Abortion is not legal. It is only allowed if the woman’s life is at risk or if she has been the victim of rape or incest.
Law against rape within marriage: Yes
Violence against women in close relationships: 41,532 women were murdered in the years 1997-2007. That implies 10 women every day. The majority were murdered by men they knew. In the first six months of 2010 over 40,000 incidents of violence against women were reported.