In 37.5% of the cases, the femicide was known to the victim; and 51% of crimes were carried out with firearms.
The Colombian Attorney General’s Office expressed its concern “in the face of the increase in cases of violence against women and the occurrence of femicides in the country”, since between January 1 and May 5, 2023, there were 213 murders of women nationwide.
According to the Dynamic Report on Feminicides Colombia, cited in a statement by the Attorney General’s Office, in 37.5% of the cases, the femicide was known to the victim; and 51% of crimes were carried out with firearms.
“The escalation of violence and the violation of human rights not only occurs in situations of public order and citizen insecurity in the territories, but also has escalated and permeated worryingly in the figures of violence based on gender and sex in Colombia,” the agency warned.
In addition, according to figures from the National Institute of Legal Medicine, in the first five months of the year, there were 19,606 events of domestic violence against women and 8,511 legal medical examinations for alleged sexual crimes.
The worrying figures have led the Public Ministry to launch 238 special agencies, 114 prioritization alerts and 4,142 notices derived from the cases of women who are evaluated by Legal Medicine at the Attorney General’s Office, a mechanism that allows generating “an alert to the attorney or agent of the competent authority to intervene in the case as a matter of priority”.