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Colombia - Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights - Suggested List of Issues - Gender-Based Violence - August 2023

For Colombia's women, the likelihood of experiencing violence at the hands of a partner or ex-partner remains high. Prevalence rates of intimate partner violence are some of the highest in the world. In 2022, Colombia's National Institute of Legal and Forensic Medicine reported 47,771 cases of domestic violence/intimate partner violence.

Colombia must take further steps to prevent and protect women from violence and potential femicide. Only in 2022, CSOs reported 619 femicides in the country.

Colombia's response to violence against women is highly dependent upon the institution of the Family Commissioners (ComisarĂ­as de Familia). The country has aimed to legally amend the high responsibilities the Family Commissioners endured with The Law 2126 of 2021. However, the Colombian Government must provide further resources and capacity to implement the structural changes placed by this norm, especially as some municipalities do not have enough resources to provide sufficient funding and personnel to the offices of Family Commissioners.