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Report the incident. There are Specialized Police Stations for Women, with professionals trained to serve women victims of violence. However, it is possible to file a complaint at any Police Station or at the Public Defender’s Office. You can call the number 181 – Crime Reporting Hotline. Call 100: Human Rights Violations Hotline
You can also report domestic violence situations through the Women’s Hotline (Central de Atendimento à Mulher) by calling the number 180. The complaint is anonymous and free, available 24/7, nationwide.
Yes, you need to have documents to call the police.
Portuguese, Spanish or English.
Yes, the authorities can provide you with the translation if you don’t speak local language. The law of Maria de Penha has the provisions for this.
— How to get medical help?
In case of urgency or emergency, contact:
Look for the medical centers closest to your residence at CONECTE SUS. On the website, you will find all the medical services closest to your home.
Portuguese, Spanish or English.
Public healthcare is provided to all Brazilian permanent residents and foreigners in Brazilian territory through the National Healthcare System, known as the Unified Health System (Portuguese: Sistema Único de Saúde, SUS). The SUS is universal and free for everyone.
Criminal Code, Article 213 (introduced by Law No. 12,015/2009).
Establishes the crime of rape: to coerce someone through violence or serious threat, to practice sexual act or similar. The established penalty is six to 30 years of imprisonment.
Criminal Procedure Code of 1941 (including related amendments in 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
Establishes procedures for criminal offenses:
Criminal Code, Article 121, (introduced by Law No. 13,104/2015).
Sets special punishment for killing women exclusively because of their gender. A crime qualifies if the crime (i) involves domestic or family violence or (ii) disregard or discrimination against a person based on the fact that they are a woman. The established penalty is 12 to 30 years of imprisonment.
Criminal Code, Article 215 (introduced by Law No. 12,015/2009).
Establishes the crime of sexual violation through fraud: the conduct of practicing sexual acts through fraud or any means that hinder the victim’s free will. The established penalty is two to six years of imprisonment.
Criminal Code, Article 215- A (introduced by Law No. 13,718/2018).
Establishes the crime of sexual harassment: the conduct of practicing any libidinous act without consent to satisfy his/her own or a third party’s lust. The established penalty is one to five years of imprisonment.
Department for the Protection and Defense of Human Rights of the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights
Telephones: (61) 2027-3152 and (61) 2027-3993
Opening hours: from 8 am to 6 pm
This is a service of the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights . In case of doubts, complaints or suggestions, please contact him.
The Women’s Assistance Center
Call 180 provides qualified listening and assistance to women in situations of violence. The service registers and forwards complaints of violence against women to the competent bodies, as well as complaints, suggestions or compliments about the functioning of the assistance services.
The service also provides information on women’s rights, such as the closest and most appropriate places of assistance for each case: Casa da Mulher Brasileira, Reference Centers, Delegacias de Atendimento à Mulher (Deam), Public Defenders’ Offices, Integrated Centers for Assistance to Women, among others.
The call is free and the service operates 24 hours a day, every day of the week. All people who call reporting events of violence against women are answered.
Link 180 serves the entire national territory and can also be accessed in other countries.
MARIA DA PENHA INSTITUTE
The Maria da Penha Institute aims to contribute and strengthen mechanisms to curb and prevent domestic and family violence against women, according to art. 1 of Law no. 11,340/2006. For this, we count on the support of organized civil society and institutions committed to their role as a social transformer. And the role of the Maria da Penha Institute in this context is to stimulate and contribute to the full application of the law, as well as to monitor the implementation and development of best practices and public policies for its fulfillment, promoting the construction of a society without domestic violence and family against the woman.
Contact numbers: +55 85 4102 5429, +55 85 98897 6096
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