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Women Lawfully Protecting Women: Brazil’s Women Police force

It’s hard for citizens in the United States to consider the idea that honor can be used as a defense for murdering ones spouse when the commit adultery. Or that “violent emotions” could be used to justify a man to kill his wife and her lover when caught. This is not hard for citizens in many other countries to understand, nor is it something that doesn’t cross the men’s minds in countries when their spouses are not faithful. In particular Brazil has seen this happen many times, even as recently as the 1990’s. There are some important changes during that time and there are now Women Police stations set up through out Brazil to combat these crimes and other domestic crimes against women. The set up for these police organizations ran by women started during the recognized women movements in Brazil around 1985. This paper will look into the some of the history and cases in violence against women. Then how women movements helped propel specific gender issues. Lastly discuss the creation of Women Police Departments and their problems and success today.

In 1979, Raul Doca Street, murdered his lover when she wanted to end the relationship. 1981 a famous Brazilian, Lindomar Castilho, shot his wife and her cousin, thought to be lover. In both cases the judge sentenced each man to merely 2 years in prison on the defense of “violent emotion.” Both cases were appealed and due to the protest of women groups they got 15 and 12 years respectfully.[1] The election of a civilian president in 1985 and the creation of the New Brazilian Republic was suppose to lead to better reform for the rights of women. Articles in the Constitution, drafted in 1988, and guaranteed equality of law for women and the government obligation to prevent violence at home. This did little to sway a jury of all men to properly…...

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