Although the number of women who suffer emotional and physical abuse in Honduras remains undocumented, femicide is one of the leading causes of death in Honduras. Femicides in Honduras have far surpassed epidemic levels, with 12 of every 100,000 residents dying from gender-based violence. Reports of such crimes have skyrocketed in recent years, with a 263 percent rise between 2005 and 2013. In 2013, one woman was murdered every 14 hours – 636 in total this particular year.*
*This content was originally published by teleSUR.
CAMO built and inaugurated Casa Hogar, the first and largest domestic violence shelter for women and children, in Western Honduras in April 2010. This shelter provides 24/7 protective service with the goal of preventing deaths caused by domestic violence. To date, more than 781 women and children have received protection and support services from this shelter. Casa Hogar raises 50% of its budget within Honduras. CAMO-USA meets the remaining need. CAMO also has started training in rural communities, working closely with the surrounding mayors' offices. Casa Hogar is a full service shelter that not only provides a safe place for women to learn about and identify abuse but offers support groups, therapy, medical care and job skills training so they will not need to return o an abusive partner for home and provision.
Violence Cost a Mother Her Legs
CAMO sees poor and disadvantaged people with immediate needs every day, but this heart wrenching story is nothing short of shocking. On April 4, 30-year-old Heidy was assaulted violently by her husband. Just before the attack, he promised her he had changed. He claimed he had become a different man - a Christian. Heidy had witnessed the cycle of abuse for 8 violent years: abuse followed by promises that it would never happen again, followed by more abuse. The cycle repeated over and over. But on April 4, Heidy suffered the unthinkable. During the assault, her husband cut off both of Heidy’s legs below the knee. Their 3 children (ages five, six and seven) witnessed the attack. Thankfully, today, Heidy is medically stable.
“I will continue to move forward for the sake of my children”
Heidy’s story involves more than just medical stability, however. Her husband is the family’s sole source of income, and to these needs CAMO is responding.
CAMO is offering to transfer Heidy and her children to the Domestic Violence Women’s Shelter in Santa Rosa so they all can receive psychological treatment. Heidy will also be able to take advantage of physical rehabilitation and she will be able to receive prosthetic limbs. Without CAMO, Heidy would be forced to try and recover on her own – without legs. But thanks to donations that provide services and keep the shelter available, CAMO can meet Heidy’s needs in a way no other organization can.