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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Emergency calls related to violence against women in Mexico rose more than 30% in 2020, data published on Monday, January 25th, showed, as COVID-19 lockdowns kept families stuck at home.

In 2020, more than 260,000 emergency calls were made about violence against women compared to under 198,000 in the previous year. Criminal investigations opened into domestic violence and other gender violence crimes rose.

Wendy Figueroa, head of the National Network of Shelters, said their members had seen higher demand for in-person help as well as via phonelines and social media. “Without doubt . . .

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