Applying international human rights laws to promote wellness within the community: On diminishing intimate partner violence in the context of western Belize

Beske, M.A. (2009) Applying international human rights laws to promote wellness within the community: On diminishing intimate partner violence in the context of western Belize. Good Public Health, 4 (5). pp. 490-499.

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    Abstract

    In 1992, Belize passed the Domestic Violence Act to criminalize intimate partner violence within its borders, and in 1996, it ratified the Convention of Bele´m do Para´ to pledge its allegiance to eradicate all forms of gender-related violence on the American continents. Despite these legal commitments to human rights, and several decades of work by activists to diminish the phenomenon, such legislation is seldom enforced in Belize and domestic violence remains a reality for over half of the women in the country. Condoned by culturally relevant gender hierarchies, this prevalence furthermore contributes to public wellness-related concerns, such as both major and minor external injuries, and also an accelerated spread of HIV/ AIDS as well as non-fatal sexually transmitted diseases (STD s). In this article, I will address the specific problems which hinder such legislative enforcement and further complicate the administration of health services within one local context, and I will highlight several strategies which advocates are newly striving to employ to help mitigate the situation.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Publisher: Routledge
      Keywords: intimate partner violence, legislative enforcement, health services, gender, Belize
      Subjects: (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2015 13:35
      Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 13:35
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1498

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