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OSIS, Maria José Duarte; PADUA, Karla Simônia de  and  FAUNDES, Aníbal. Limitations in the assistance to women who suffer sexual violence by the Specialized Police Stations. BIS, Bol. Inst. Saúde (Impr.) [online]. 2013, vol.14, n.3, pp. 320-328. ISSN 1518-1812.

In this ar ticle, the operational conditions of the Delegacias Especializadas de A tendimento a Mulheres (DEAMs) are described, as their coordination with other institutions, and the perspective of police officers about their duties and the r ole of DEAMs in caring f or women who suffer sexual violence (SV). Telephonic interviews were carried o ut with 419 police officers across the country. The majority of the respondents said that DEAMs there was no room to assist women in private (60%), the officers had not been trained to take care of women (80%); and the assis tance was linked to the Council for the Protection of Minors (90%), Institute of Forensic Medicine (81%) and health services (69%). Only 49% said that the municipality had a network for the care of women who suffer SV. The main barriers for the care were lack of adequate human resources (69%), equipment and infrastructure (50%) and lack of integration with o ther institutions. In general, the respondents expressed a traditio nal investigative culture in their view about the role of the DEAMs in caring f or women who suf fer SV. DEAMs still have important limitations for the provision of appropriate care to these women in accordance with the public policies currently in effect.

Keywords : Sexual Violence; Violence against Women; Police.

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