Cancun, Q.R. — The Cancun Justice Center for Women is expanding its facilities after receiving more than 6,500 cases in it’s first nine months of operation.
The center, which is the first of its kind in the city, opened its doors in June of 2017. However, the need for the center has already required an expansion. The State Attorney General’s Office through the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in Care of Crimes against Women approved the 8 million peso budget.
The Justice Center for Women is a comprehensive care facility for women who have been victims of crimes of gender and domestic abuse. The center helps with the prompt delivery of justice as well as self-assessment and empowerment processes to help women make decisions that will ensure their well-being.
During 2017, the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes Against Women served 6,545 people, of which 1,042 complaints were initiated, 650 protection measures were granted and 90 cases channeled to the Justice Department Criminal Alternative.
Of those, 85 arrest warrants for various crimes were executed that resulted in 75 prosecutions linked to domestic violence.
The Justice Center for Women officially opened in Cancun in June of 2017 after the city saw a need for a protective care facility for victims of domestic and gender violence. The state of Quintana Roo is one of 11 in the country that registers a high rate of femicide or crimes against women.
Other states in Mexico that are considered to have high rates of violence against women include the State of Mexico, Morelos, Chiapas, Veracruz, Sinaloa, Nuevo León, Colima, San Luis Potosí, Guerrero and Nayarit.